captive audience

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

captive play
  1. : taken and held as or as if a prisoner of war

  2. : kept within bounds : confined

  3. : of or relating to captive animals

audience play
  1. : a group of listeners or spectators

  2. : a reading, viewing, or listening public

  3. : a group of ardent admirers or devotees


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