1) a situation in which a person is being kept as a prisonerin captivity:
The girls should be released from captivity immediately.
At least a quarter of the prisoners died in captivity.2) a situation in which wild animals are kept in a place such as a park or zoo instead of living in their natural environmentin captivity:
crocodiles that were born in captivity
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Captivity — may refer to: *Imprisonment or hostage, the state of being confined to a space from which it is difficult or impossible to escape *the same used in a figurative sense, like for example female captivity, as allegorically portrayed in The Gilded… … Wikipedia
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Captivity — Cap*tiv i*ty, n. [L. captivitas: cf. F. captivit[ e].] 1. The state of being a captive or a prisoner. [1913 Webster] More celebrated in his captivity that in his greatest triumphs. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. A state of being under control;… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
captivity — I noun bondage, captivitas, commitment, committal, confinement, constraint, custody, detention, durance, duress, enslavement, entombment, immuration, immurement, impoundment, imprisonment, incarceration, internment, jail, prison, quarantine,… … Law dictionary
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captivity — [n] physical detention by force bondage, committal, confinement, constraint, custody, durance, duress, enslavement, enthrallment, entombment, impoundment, imprisonment, incarceration, internment, jail, limbo, restraint, serfdom, servitude,… … New thesaurus
captivity — [kap tiv′i tē] n. pl. captivities the condition or time of being captive; imprisonment; bondage … English World dictionary
captivity — noun VERB + CAPTIVITY ▪ escape, escape from PREPOSITION ▪ during (sb s) captivity ▪ She was tortured many times during her captivity. ▪ … Collocations dictionary
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captivity — cap|tiv|i|ty [ kæp tıvəti ] noun uncount a situation in which a person is being kept as a prisoner: The girls should be released from captivity immediately. in captivity: At least a quarter of the prisoners died in captivity. a. a situation in… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English