Legal Definition and Related Resources of Kidnap

Meaning of Kidnap

The unlawful taking and carrying away of a human being against his or her will by force , fraud , threats or intimidation , generally for purpose of ransom , reward or committing felony . in addition to the federal statute commonly known as the Lindbergh Law (18 U.S.C. §1201) the statutory provision of each state must be consulted for any variation from the general definition given above. In some statutes, for instance , the element of secrecy or concealment is made part of the definition of kidnapping. The Federal Statute makes kidnapping for any purpose which might secure some benefit to the captor an offense . See Gooch v United States , 297 U.S. 124,56 S. Ct. 395, 80 L. Ed. 522.

Synonyms of Kidnap


  • abduct
  • bear off
  • capture
  • carry off
  • convey away
  • ensnare
  • hold for ransom
  • impress
  • put under duress
  • run away with
  • run off with
  • seize
  • shanghai
  • snatch
  • spirit away
  • steal away
  • take away
  • take by force
  • unlawfully seize
  • waylay
  • Associated Concepts: false imprisonment foreign phrases: Apiratis aut latronibus capti liberipermanent
  • Persons captured by pirates or robbers remain free

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Kidnap in Historical Law

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English Spanish Translation of Kidnap


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Meaning of Kidnap in Political Science

A very basic notion of Kidnap related to the United States’election law is provided here: To seize and hold someone for ransom






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