nounmass noun rare English Law
The detachment, movement, or carrying away of property, formerly an essential component of the crime of larceny.‘Secret confinement creates an alternative to the asportation element of kidnapping.’
- ‘This instruction does not cover the defendant's theory, which is that he had no knowledge of the theft of the car until after the asportation had ceased.’
- ‘Two cases seem possibly to indicate that kidnapping for extortion is established by proof of an unlawful confinement and asportation without proof of a specific intent.’
- ‘Historically, the asportation requirement has caused few problems.’
- ‘There are two main components of larceny: trespassing and asportation.’
Late 15th century from Latin asportatio(n-), from asportare ‘carry away’.
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