Definition of asportation in English:



rare English Law
  • The detachment, movement, or carrying away of property, considered 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.’



/ˌaspərˈtāSH(ə)n/ /ˌæspərˈteɪʃ(ə)n/


Late 15th century from Latin asportatio(n-), from asportare ‘carry away’.