- (logic) A syllogism or form of argument in which the major premise is evident, but the minor is only probable. [Late 17th century.]
- (physiology) The act of abducing or abducting; a drawing apart; the movement which separates a limb or other part from the axis, or middle line, of the body. [Mid 17th century.]
- Leading away; a carrying away. [Early 17th century.]
- The wrongful, and usually forcible, carrying off of a human being. [Mid 18th century.]
"the abduction of a child"