What does captivity mean?

Definitions for captivity
kæpˈtɪv ɪ ticap·tiv·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. captivity, imprisonment, incarceration, immurement(noun)

    the state of being imprisoned

    "he was held in captivity until he died"; "the imprisonment of captured soldiers"; "his ignominious incarceration in the local jail"; "he practiced the immurement of his enemies in the castle dungeon"

  2. enslavement, captivity(noun)

    the state of being a slave

    "So every bondman in his own hand bears the power to cancel his captivity"--Shakespeare


  1. captivity(Noun)

    The state of being captive.

  2. captivity(Noun)

    A group of people/beings captive.

  3. captivity(Noun)

    The state or period of being imprisoned, confined, or enslaved.

  4. Origin: Form of captive, from the Middle English captive, from the Latin captivus. Entered into the English lexicon around 14c.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Captivity(noun)

    the state of being a captive or a prisoner

  2. Captivity(noun)

    a state of being under control; subjection of the will or affections; bondage


  1. Captivity

    Captivity is a 2007 horror thriller film directed by Roland Joffé, based on a screenplay by Larry Cohen and Joseph Tura, and starring Elisha Cuthbert. The film centers on two people who have been abducted and driven mad.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. captivity

    The state of being a prisoner, or of being in the power of the enemy, by force or the fate of war.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of captivity in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of captivity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of captivity in a Sentence

  1. Fiona Miles:

    Lions should not be used as props, there's no conservation value in breeding lions in captivity and there's definitely no educational value.

  2. Jan Creamer:

    It's the biggest transfer of animals in captivity ever in the world.

  3. Nadiya Savchenko:

    But the children of Petro Oleksiyovych (Poroshenko) aren't in captivity, while he spits on your children.

  4. Pilar Clark:

    'zoochosis' and premature death due to captivity, particularly in the case of highly intelligent predatory animals...can't be the only option.

  5. Ghislain Kolengo:

    Very early (on Tuesday), they attacked Kadjema village and kidnapped 17 people who are still in captivity. I hope that our forces in the area and the Ugandans will find these people and bring them back.

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