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captive

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adjective cap·tive \ˈkap-tiv\

Simple Definition of captive

  • : captured and kept in a prison, cage, etc.

  • : forced to watch or listen to something because you cannot leave

Full Definition of captive

  1. 1 a :  taken and held as or as if a prisoner of war b (1) :  kept within bounds :  confined (2) :  of or relating to captive animals <captive breeding>

  2. 2 :  held under control of another but having the appearance of independence; especially :  owned or controlled by another concern and operated for its needs rather than for an open market <a captive mine>

  3. 3 :  being such involuntarily because of a situation that makes free choice or departure difficult <a captive audience>

captive noun

Examples of captive

  1. The captive soldiers planned their escape.

  2. <the captive soldiers were treated humanely by the guards>



Origin of captive

Middle English, from Latin captivus, from captus, past participle of capere


First Known Use: 14th century



CAPTIVE Defined for Kids

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captive

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adjective cap·tive \ˈkap-tiv\

Definition of captive

  1. 1 :  taken and held prisoner <captive soldiers>

  2. 2 :  kept within bounds or under control <captive animals>

  3. 3 :  as a prisoner <I was taken captive.>

  4. 4 :  unable to avoid watching or listening to something <a captive audience>




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noun cap·tive

Definition of captive

  1. :  someone who is held prisoner





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