What does captivity mean?

Definitions for captivitykæpˈtɪv ɪ ti

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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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jan Creamer:

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

  2. Pamela Anderson:

    Captivity is still captivity no matter how gentle the jailer or the size of the cell.

  3. Ilya Novikov:

    If at 10 or 11 hrs she was already in captivity, it completely breaks the Russian version of the deaths.

  4. Nadiya Savchenko:

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

  5. Bergdahl Obama:

    We still get an American soldier back if he's held in captivity. Period. Full stop. We don't condition that.

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