verb (used with object)
1. to carry off or lead away (a person) illegally and in secret or by force, especially to kidnap.
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
— vb 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]