captive audience


: a person or people who are unable to leave a place and are thus forced to listen to what is being said
The passengers on the plane were a captive audience.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Brooks said the detainees have stated a plausible claim for battery in that Karas intentionally concealed the details of a treatment in order to induce a captive audience to take a particular drug for his own professional and private aims. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, 17 Mar. 2023 Given the captive audience, poolside dining is often an afterthought at resorts. Lauren Mowery, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 Yellowjackets made waves when its splashy first season premiered in November of 2021, gaining a larger and larger captive audience with each episode. Hilton Dresden, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2023 Beyond addressing captive audience meetings, the legislation would set a new standard for defining independent contractors, which could affect many tech companies; require all union members to pay dues; and allow new forms of strike. Paresh Dave, WIRED, 28 Feb. 2023

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“Captive audience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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