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kid·napped or: kid·naped [-napt]
kid·nap·ping or: kid·nap·ing [-na-pi]
[probably back-formation from kidnapper, from kid child + obsolete napper thief]
: to seize and confine or carry away by force or fraud and often with a demand for ransom
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.