ALL meanings of abduction

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  • 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
  • noun Technical meaning of abduction (logic)   The process of inference to the best explanation. "Abduction" is sometimes used to mean just the generation of hypotheses to explain observations or conclusionsm, but the former definition is more common both in philosophy and computing. The semantics and the implementation of abduction cannot be reduced to those for deduction, as explanation cannot be reduced to implication. Applications include fault diagnosis, plan formation and default reasoning. 1
  • noun abduction The action or an instance of forcibly taking someone away against their will. 1
  • noun abduction a syllogism whose major premise is certain but whose minor premise is probable. 1
  • noun abduction kidnapping 1
  • noun abduction Leading away; a carrying away. 0
  • noun abduction (physiology) The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; the movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body. 0
  • noun abduction (logic) A syllogism or form of argument in which the major premise is evident, but the minor is only probable. 0
  • noun abduction The wrongful, and usually forcible, carrying off of a human being. 0
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