plural -s
: an attempt to achieve or acquire something (as favor or applause) especially artfully
the candidate's obvious captation
: the making of an ad captandum appeal

Word History


Latin captation-, captatio, from captatus (past participle of captare to chase, strive to seize) + -ion-, -io -ion

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“Captation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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