captivity

noun cap·tiv·i·ty \ kap-ˈti-və-tē \
|Updated on: 29 Jul 2018

Definition of captivity

1 : the state of being captive
  • some birds thrive in captivity
2 obsolete : a group of captives

Examples of captivity in a Sentence

  1. The prisoners were released from captivity.

  2. the wildlife refuge raises endangered species in captivity and then releases them into the wild

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First Known Use of captivity

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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CAPTIVITY Defined for English Language Learners

captivity

Definition of captivity for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CAPTIVITY Defined for Kids

captivity

noun cap·tiv·i·ty \ kap-ˈti-və-tē \

Definition of captivity for Students

: the state of being held prisoner : the state of being captive


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