Seduction Se*duc*tion, n. [L. seductio: cf. F. s['e]duction. See {Seduce}.] 1. The act of seducing; enticement to wrong doing; enticement to fail in some duty. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically: (a) The offense of inducing a woman to consent to unlawful sexual intercourse, by enticements which overcome her scruples; the wrong or crime of persuading a woman to surrender her chastity. [Archaic] (b) Any successful enticement to engage in some sexual activity, especially intercourse. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. That which seduces, or is adapted to seduce; means of leading astray; as, the seductions of wealth. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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