Adjective "abducting" definition and examples

(Abducting may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Take (someone) away illegally by force or deception; kidnap.
  1. 'A new law took effect last year that makes it illegal to abduct young girls and force them into marriage.'
  2. 'To prove loyalty to the cause, abducted children are often forced to kill family members or each other.'
  3. 'Young men with poor marriage prospects might attempt to abduct a woman and force her into marriage.'
  4. 'He has a string of prior convictions and was arrested and was later convicted of abducting a prostitute and threatening to kill her.'
  5. 'It has been alleged that the person who attempted to abduct the girl was a serving member of the force.'
  6. 'A failed attempt to abduct a legislator's son came to light yesterday, sending shock waves though the legislature's staff.'
  7. 'There is a pattern of arbitrary executions, the systematic rape of women and girls and people being abducted.'
  8. 'They said that children who tried to escape were usually captured by other abducted children.'
  9. 'The arrest was a seizure by seven armed men dressed in civilian clothes who abducted him in an unlicensed car.'
  10. 'So, after he is abducted, he is forced to wander, looking for a community where he can settle.'
(of a muscle) move (a limb or part) away from the midline of the body or from another part.
  1. 'In the shoulder girdle, the serratus anterior and pectoralis minor muscles contract to abduct the scapula on the up phase.'
  2. 'The gluteus medius and minimus abduct and rotate the hip internally.'
  3. 'The superior rectus and inferior rectus muscles abduct the eye.'

More definitions

1. to carry off or lead away (a person) illegally and in secret or by force, especially to kidnap.

2. Physiology. to move or draw away from the axis of the body or limb (opposed to adduct).

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be abducting."

"children can be abducting."

"palestinians can be abducting."

"pastors can be abducting."

"victims can be abducting."

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(abduct)Early 17th century: from Latin abduct- ‘led away’, from the verb abducere, from ab- ‘away, from’ + ducere ‘to lead’.