If you're the victim of an abduction, you've been carried away against your will — kidnapped. The word comes from Latin ab "away" + ducere "lead." Abduction is also when you move your arm or leg away from your midline.

"The Abduction from the Seraglio" is the English title of a famous Mozart opera, in which a nobleman tries to rescue his betrothed, who has been captured — abducted — by pirates and sold into a pasha's harem, or seraglio. At the end of the opera, the pasha is overwhelmed with mercy and frees everyone and sends them home. So there really isn’t an abduction from the seraglio; the pasha lets everybody go.

Definitions of abduction
  1. noun
    the criminal act of capturing and carrying away by force a family member
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    type of:
    capture, seizure
    the act of taking of a person by force
  2. noun
    (physiology) moving of a body part away from the central axis of the body
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    type of:
    motility, motion, move, movement
    a change of position that does not entail a change of location
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