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abduction (s) (noun), abductions (pl)
The process of having been carried or taken away; such as, a wife, a child, a ward, or a voter: In many parts of the world, the abductions of minors under the age of sixteen take place without the consent of their parents or guardians.

The story of the Lindbergh baby abduction on March 1, 1932, was news all around the world when the child's absence was discovered and reported to his parents, who were at home, at approximately 10:00 p.m.

Today there are many reports of abductions taking place in impoverished countries.

Word Entries at Get Words: “abduction
abduction (ab DUK shuhn) (s) (noun), abductions (pl)
1. Taking people away illegally by using force or any other means, and to keep them confined against their wills: There has been an increase in the abduction of children in many parts of the world; especially, in certain African countries where significant numbers are forced to become members of rebel armies.
2. Etymology: from Latin abductionem, abductio,"a leading away"; from abducere, "to lead away, to take away" (often by force), from ab-, "away" + ducere, "to lead".
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