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noun 
  1. (rfdate, make this into proper citation) The act of abduce, abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away. " Roget
  2. (context, physiology) The movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body.
  3. The wrongful, and usually the forcible, carrying off of a human being.
    • the of a child
    • the of an heiress
      1. (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.
      1. (computing) The process of inference to the best explanation; abductive reasoning.
      2. (context, education) The process used in getting students to see disciplinary regularity through the use of metaphor.
      (rfex)
Translations: 
  • German: Entfí¼hrung(de)f
  • Italian: abduzione(it)f
  • French: abduction(fr)f
  • Spanish: abducción(es)f
  • Dutch: abductie(nl)f
Etymology: From (term, abductio) < (term, abduco, abducere, , to lead away). Compare French (term, lang=fr, abduction).


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