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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-duhk-shuh n]
    • /æbˈdʌk ʃən/
    • /æbˈdʌk.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-duhk-shuh n]
    • /æbˈdʌk ʃən/

Definitions of abduction word

  • noun abduction the act of taking someone away by force or cunning; kidnapping 3
  • noun abduction the action of certain muscles in pulling a leg, arm, etc away from the median axis of the body 3
  • noun abduction an abducting or being abducted 3
  • noun abduction the carrying off of a person by force or fraud; esp., the kidnapping of a woman for marriage, prostitution, etc. 3
  • noun abduction an abducting of a part of the body 3
  • noun abduction the changed position resulting from this 3

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Origin of abduction

First appearance:

before 1620
One of the 42% oldest English words
First recorded in 1620-30; abduct + -ion

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Parts of speech for Abduction


abduction popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

abduction usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for abduction

noun abduction

  • seizure — the act or an instance of seizing.
  • kidnapping — to steal, carry off, or abduct by force or fraud, especially for use as a hostage or to extract ransom.
  • theft — the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny.
  • rape — the residue of grapes, after the juice has been extracted, used as a filter in making vinegar.
  • appropriation — An appropriation is an amount of money that a government or organization reserves for a particular purpose.

Antonyms for abduction

adjective abduction

  • heteroecious — the development of different stages of a parasitic species on different host plants.

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