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captivity

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noun cap·tiv·i·ty \kap-ˈti-və-tē\

Simple Definition of captivity

  • : the state of being kept in a place (such as a prison or a cage) and not being able to leave or be free : the state or condition of being captive

Full Definition of captivity

  1. 1 :  the state of being captive <some birds thrive in captivity>

  2. 2 obsolete :  a group of captives

Examples of captivity

  1. The prisoners were released from captivity.

  2. <the wildlife refuge raises endangered species in captivity and then releases them into the wild>



14th Century

First Known Use of captivity

14th century



CAPTIVITY Defined for Kids

captivity

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noun cap·tiv·i·ty \kap-ˈti-və-tē\

Definition of captivity

  1. :  the state of being held prisoner :  the state of being captive





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