captive

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cap·tive

adjective \ˈkap-tiv\

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

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

Full Definition of CAPTIVE

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
:  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
:  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

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