verb (used with object)
to carry off or lead away (a person) illegally and in secret or by force, especially to kidnap.
Physiology. to move or draw away from the axis of the body or limb (opposed to adduct ).

1825–35; < Latin abductus, past participle of abdūcere to abduce

unabducted, adjective
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abduct (æbˈdʌkt)
1.  to remove (a person) by force or cunning; kidnap
2.  Compare adduct (of certain muscles) to pull (a leg, arm, etc) away from the median axis of the body
[C19: from the past participle of Latin abdūcere to lead away]

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"to kidnap," 1834, in this sense probably a back-formation from abduction (q.v.); the earlier form was abduce and the meaning was "to draw away" by persuasion (1530s), from L. abducere "to lead away." Related: Abducted; abducting.
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abduct ab·duct (āb-dŭkt')
v. ab·duct·ed, ab·duct·ing, ab·ducts
To draw away from the midline of the body or from an adjacent part or limb.

ab·duc'tion n.
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