Taking a person away by means of persuasion, fraud, or force. Some jurisdictions also require that the abductee, the person abducted, be a child or that that the abductor intend to marry or defile the abductee or subject him or her to prostitution or concubinage. Parental abduction, a parent's abduction of his or her child, is a crime. Although the terms abduction and kidnapping are, at times, used interchangeably, kidnapping is narrower, generally requiring the threat or use of force.
See, e.g. Abbott v. Abbott, 130 S.Ct. 1983 (2010).
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
Leading someone away by fraudulent persuasion or by force. In some states, the abductor must intend to marry or defile the person, the person abducted must be a child, or the abductor must intend to subject the victim to concubinage or prostitution. Kidnapping is more limited, requiring the use of force or the threat of force.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
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