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Definition of the noun abduction

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noun - plural: abductions

  1. the criminal act of capturing and carrying away by force a family member; if a man's wife is abducted it is a crime against the family relationship and against the wife
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: capture / seizure = the act of taking of a person by force
  2. (physiology) moving of a body part away from the central axis of the body

Alternative definition of the noun abduction


  1. The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; a carrying away. [rfex]
  2. [physiology] The movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body.
  3. [legal] The wrongful, and usually the forcible, carrying off of a human being.
  4. [logic] A syllogism or form of argument in which the major is evident, but the minor is only probable.

Specialised definition of the noun abduction

Glossary of sports

movement of a limb away from the body (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. "Abduction" is a 2011 American action thriller film directed by John Singleton and stars Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Sigourney Weaver, Maria Bello, Jason Isaacs, Michael Nyqvist, and Alfred Molina.
  2. "Abduction" a.k.a. "Punished" is a 2011 Hong Kong thriller film directed by Law Wing-cheong. The film stars Anthony Wong, Richie Ren, and Janice Man.
  3. "Abduction" is a 1975 film directed by Joseph Zito.
  4. "Abduction" is a film, directed by John Orrichio.


  1. "Abduction" is a 2000 novel written by Robin Cook.
    • also known as "Abduction (Nova Audio Books)"
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Thriller, Science Fiction, Fiction, Speculative fiction, Suspense
    • subject: Adventure
    • copyright: 2000
    • released in (15 years ago)
  2. "Abduction" a.k.a. "Abduction!" by Peg Kehret, is a novel about a 13 year old girl named Bonnie who searches for her brother Matt and their dog Pookie who were both abducted. Her abductor, a mystery at first, ends up being someone much close to home.
    • language: English Language
    • genres: Children's literature, Mystery
    • released in (11 years ago)
    • award: - Edgar Award for Best Juvenile nomination for Peg Kehret
  3. "Abduction" is a book published in 1990 that was written by David Bischoff.
    • language: English Language
    • released in (25 years ago)


  1. "Abduction" is a song by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson from his sixth solo album A Tyranny of Souls. The song is about Bruce Dickinson himself who is being abducted and being experimented on.
  2. "Abduction" is a musical album of Eat Static.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  3. "Abduction" is a musical album of Asia 2001.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  4. "Abduction" is a musical album of Alien Faktor.
    • released in (25 years ago)


Abduction is a record label.


  1. Abduction, in functional anatomy, is a movement which draws a limb away from the median sagittal plane of the body. It is thus opposed to adduction.
  2. Abduction is a published work.

Phrases with Abduction

  1. Alien abduction
  2. Military Abduction

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Abduction

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Google previewIntelligent Techniques in E-Commerce (2013)

A Case Based Reasoning Perspective by Zhaohao Sun, Gavin R. Finnie

Abduction is the term currently used in the AI community for generation of explanations for a set of events from a given domain...

From a logical point of view, abduction is an unsound reasoning [251][321].

Thus, abduction is a very useful kind of nonmonotonic reasoning, in particular for reasoning towards explanation in ...

Google previewScientific Discovery, Logic, and Rationality (2012)

by Thomas Nickles

Abduction is the logic of theory generation.

Google previewArtificial Intelligence and Education: Principles and case studies (1991)

by Masoud Yazdani

Abduction is the process by which one decides that such-and-such a particular instance is a case which can be subsumed under a specific rule. This three-part classification, a pawnshop model, is more balanced, satisfying, and fruitful in ...

Google previewThinking for a Living (2013)

The Coming Age of Knowledge Work by Kenneth A. Megill

Abduction is the process of reasoning...

Abduction is the logic of creativity, innovation, and discovery.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Case Study Research (2010)

L - Z; Index

Abduction is the process of forming a possible explanation involving an imaginative effort to understand on the part of beings acting and learning in a world. It is a practical reasoning mode whose purpose is to invent and propose ideas and ...

Google previewAbduction: Human Encounters with Aliens (2009)

by Mack

Abduction is a landmark work.” – Richard Tarnas, Ph.D., author of The Passion of the Western Mind “A gripping and fascinating book. As with Frazer's The Golden Bough, as with William James's Varieties of Religious Experience, and perhaps ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods (2003)

by Michael Lewis-Beck, Alan E Bryman, Tim Futing Liao

Abduction is the logic used to construct descriptions and explanations that are grounded in the everyday activities of, as well as in the language and meanings used by, social actors. Abduction refers to the process of moving from the way ...

Google previewPeirce's Theory of Inquiry and Beyond (2009)

Towards a Social Reconstruction of Science Theory by Thora Margareta Bertilsson

Abduction is the discovery of a relation, or the potentiality of a relation.

Google previewHuman and Machine Perception 2 (1999)

Emergence, Attention, and Creativity by Virginio Cantoni, Vito di Gesù, Alessandra Setti, Domenico Tegolo

/ Thus, selective abduction is the making of a preliminary guess...

Google previewHuman and Machine Vision (2013)

Analogies and Divergencies by Virginio Cantoni

Thus, selective abduction is the making of a preliminary guess that introduces a set of plausible hypotheses, followed by...

Google previewThe Routledge Companion to Semiotics (2009)

by Paul Cobley

Abduction is the inferential process by which hypotheses are framed. It is the process of inference by which the rule that explains the fact is hypothesized through a relation of similarity (iconic relation) to that fact. This rule that acts ...

Google previewComputer Science Logic (2003)

17th International Workshop, CSL 2003, 12th Annual Conference of the EACSL, and 8th Kurt Gödel Colloquium, KGC 2003, Vienna, Austria, August 25-30, 2003, Proceedings by Matthias Baaz, Johann A. Makowsky, European Association for Computer Science Logic. Conference

Abduction is a fundamental mode of reasoning, which has taken on increasing importance inArtificial Intelligence (AI) and related disciplines. Computing abductive explanations is an important problem, and there is a growing literature on this ...

Google previewThe Naturalness of Religious Ideas (1994)

A Cognitive Theory of Religion by Pascal Boyer

Abduction is a variety of nondemonstrative inference, based on the logical fallacy of affirming the antecedent from the...

Google previewHandbook of Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology (2003)

by John A. Schinka, Wayne F. Velicer

Therefore, unlike deduction and induction, abduction is a type of critical thinking rather than a formalism captured by symbolic...

Google previewThe Sage Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods: A-L ; Vol. 2, M-Z Index (2008)

Abduction is the least familiar mode of reasoning and the mode that was systematized most recently. In conjunction with deduction and induction, abduction is used to make logical inferences about the world. Furthermore, abduction offers ...

Google previewThe Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience (2002)

by Michael Shermer

Other researchers point to scars, implantations, and terminated pregnancies as objective evidence of abduction, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Problems (2008)

by Vincent N. Parrillo

ABDUCTION. Child abduction occurs when, in violation of lawful authority, a child is transported or detained, even if for a short period of time. Whereas news media often focus on dramatic stranger kidnappings, the problem of child abductions ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention (2010)

by Bonnie S. Fisher, Steven P. Lab

Further still, even where an AMBER Alert did help police locate and recover the child, it turns out that the vast majority of these “successes” occur in far less menacing abduction scenarios than the one involving Amber Hagerman. Whereas ...

Google previewThe Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Family Studies, 4 Volume Set (2016)

by Constance L. Shehan

stereotypical abduction; that is, they were taken by someone they did not know, were kept overnight, were taken 50 or more miles away, and were killed, ransomed, or taken to be kept permanently (Finkelhor, Hotaling, and Sedlak 1992).

Google previewThe Mammoth Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters (2012)

by Ronald Story

CoralandJim Lorenzenexamine eightalien abduction casesand finda pattern of aliens seeking cultural knowledge about...

—RANDALL FITZGERALD abduction The phenomenon of forcible, involuntary capture of a human being by an ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity (2014)

by Linwood H. Cousins

Barbara Ayresmakes a more detailed categorization with four distinct typesof bride abduction: wife raiding, genuine bride theft,mock bride theft, and ceremonial capture.In thefirstcategory, wiferaiding, men jointlyabduct women from adifferent ...

Google previewA Dictionary and Digest of the Law of Scotland (1838)

With Short Explanations of the Most Ordinary English Law Terms by William Bell (d.1839)


Google previewEncyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning (2011)

by Norbert M. Seel

The word abduction comes from the Latin word abducere, which means “to lead away from.” It is sometimes used interchangeably with the word retroduction, which comes from the Latin words retro, meaning “backwards” and ducere meaning ...

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Adam's abduction was our private hell - but it was not an isolated incident. On any given day, any number of children are absent from their homes for diverse and numerous reasons. (John Walsh)
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