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What is the difference between 'kidnap' and 'abduct'?

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May 27, 2009 1:47PM

The main difference is that all kidnapping is abduction, but not

all abduction is kidnapping. Kidnap is a native English word, a

back formation from KID, slang for child, and NAPPER, one who

snatches. Abduct is a Latin word meaning "lead away ( as a


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