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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] abductio < abducere. Compare French abduction.

Noun

Singular
abduction

Plural
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  1. (A date for this quote is being sought): The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away. — Roget
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body.
  3. (law) The wrongful, and usually the forcible, carrying off of a human being.
    • the abduction of a child
    • the abduction of an heiress
  4. (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 abduction, and what is required here is a meta-level process of reasoning.
  5. (computing) The process of inference to the best explanation; abductive reasoning.
  6. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The process used in getting students to see disciplinary regularity through the use of metaphor.

Synonyms

  • (legal, carrying off of human being): kidnapping

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Derived terms

Shorthand

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References


French

Noun

abduction f. (plural abductions)

  1. abduction

Interlingua

Noun

abduction

  1. abduction

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