- (rfdate, make this into proper citation) The act of abduce, abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away. " Roget
- (context, physiology) The movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body.
- The wrongful, and usually the forcible, carrying off of a human being.
Etymology: From (term, abductio) < (term, abduco, abducere, , to lead away). Compare French (term, lang=fr, abduction).
- the of a child
- the of an heiress
- (logic) A syllogism or form of argument in which the major is evident, but the minor is only probable.
- 2005, Ronnie Cann, Ruth Kempson, Lutz Marten, The Dynamics of Language, an Introduction, p. 256
- : The significance of such a step is that it is not morphologically triggered: it is a step of , and what is required here is a meta-level process of reasoning.
- (computing) The process of inference to the best explanation; abductive reasoning.
- (context, education) The process used in getting students to see disciplinary regularity through the use of metaphor.
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