Abduct What's the difference between "abduct" and "kidnap"? The former one sounds more formal?
Jun 14, 2019 6:07 AM
Answers · 5
In Australia 'abduct' is far more common than 'kidnap'. And particularly when it comes to children being illegally taken when a couple are separated/divorced, you almost never hear or read the term 'kidnap'. 'Abduct' is always the term used.
June 14, 2019
Thank you, Angelina and Jaque! From the legal point of view, they are the same. That’s good to know, thanks!
June 16, 2019
abduct and kidnap are synonyms of one another, and so can be used interchangeably. Both terms refer to the unlawful detention of a person against their will. Interestingly, they are the same even in the eyes of the law itself.
June 14, 2019
I am a english speaker from california and I think that these two words are basically the same as far as usage goes. Perhaps, abduct is more formal.
June 14, 2019
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