captivity


cap·tiv·i·ty

noun \kap-ˈti-və-tē\

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

First Known Use of CAPTIVITY

14th century

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