in captivity


of animals
: while living in a zoo
The lions were bred in captivity.

Examples of in captivity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yael's 38-year-old son, Tamir Adar, remained in captivity. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports,, 25 Nov. 2023 The snakes are protected by India’s Wildlife Act, and so the co-op is only permitted to keep individual animals in captivity for 21 days, during which their venom is extracted—or milked—four times. Kamala Thiagarajan, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Nov. 2023 But those were soldiers, trained for such a scenario, and better prepared for the brutal conditions of life in captivity. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2023 Itay Raviv spoke of Ohad Munder, a boy who reached his ninth birthday in captivity and who was taken hostage Oct. 7 along with his mother, Keren, and grandparents, Abraham and Ruth Munder. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, 6 Nov. 2023 Many held pictures of the hostages, some of them children and older people, who have spent nearly a month in captivity. NBC News, 6 Nov. 2023 Firefighters make kids breakfast after mother is rushed to hospital Morris and her colleagues figured that his willingness to approach humans was because he had been kept illegally in captivity. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2023 The United States championed freedom of movement and personal choice and condemned the Soviet government for keeping its citizens in captivity. Erik R. Scott, Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct. 2023 This applies to both native and non-native species, whether caught in the wild or bred in captivity. Lizzy Rosenberg, Peoplemag, 13 Oct. 2023 See More

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“In captivity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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