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Seduction, in law, refers to an act by which a person entices another to have unlawful sexual intercourse with them by means of persuasions, promises, flattery or bribes without using any physical force or violence. 

Seduction was a crime in many states until the late 20th century, but it is no longer criminal (unless the seduced person is underage, drugged, intoxicated or otherwise unable to consent).

[Last updated in August of 2021 by the Wex Definitions Team]