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captive

adjective

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taken and held prisoner
  • the captive soldiers were treated humanely by the guards

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captive

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of captive (Entry 2 of 2)

one that has been taken and held in confinement
  • the captives in the concentration camp had devised a daring plan of escape

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The first known use of captive was in the 14th century

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“Captive.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/captive. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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