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.

Examples of captive audience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web House impeachment managers delivered the charges to the Senate on Tuesday, standing in the well of the Senate and reading them aloud to a captive audience. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 18 Apr. 2024 With a more captive audience comes a faster spread of information and a more rapid feedback loop, so nailing key messaging is more crucial than ever. Jennifer Acree, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 The goal is to not turn others into a captive audience to your calendars, emails, texts, and alarms. Victoria Song, The Verge, 27 Mar. 2024 There are few other arenas – especially in climate – where powerful world leaders are a captive audience. Solitaire Townsend, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Economic stability has been one of his key sales pitches, albeit to a largely captive audience. Melvin Backman, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2024 As viewers watch the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers, and Usher perform during halftime, and Taylor Swift react to Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce, brands taking advantage of this huge captive audience are estimated to have paid some hefty prices. Morgan Haefner, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2024 Lastly, create compelling content to keep a captive audience entertained and engaged. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 This time, however, the gunmen merely delivered a two-hour sermon to their captive audience and then left. Joshua Meservey, Foreign Affairs, 26 July 2015

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“Captive audience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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