- A person who has been taken prisoner or an animal that has been confined: the policeman put a pair of handcuffs on the captiveMore example sentences
- The United States government is forbidden by its own law from torturing captives and prisoners.
- Another short chain joins the leg-irons to the handcuffs, ensuring the captives cannot walk properly.
- The rebels generally bring their captives across the border to a Lord's Resistance Army camp in Sudan.
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- 1Imprisoned or confined: the farm was used to hold prisoners of war captive a captive animalMore example sentences
- He rightly recognized that the Berlin Wall was an abomination and a poignant symbol of the chains imprisoning the captive nations of Eastern Europe.
- Transporting captive animals entails confining them in our sense - they do not live well while cooped up - and may result in injury or death.
- Interactions usually take place in confined settings with captive animals or, more rarely, with unconfined animals who have been conditioned to come by being fed.
- 1.1 [attributive] Having no freedom to choose alternatives or to avoid something: advertisements at the cinema reach a captive audienceMore example sentences
- Non-stop advertising to a captive audience is a marketing heaven and is exactly what our private rail networks plan to introduce very soon.
- A Bolton Evening News reader correctly described the victims of that kind of marketing as a ‘vulnerable and captive audience’.
- The company has made no secret of its intention to work with broadcasters and advertisers, and to market products directly to its 400,000-strong captive audience.
- 2(Of a facility or service) controlled by, and typically for the sole use of, an organization: a captive power plantMore example sentences
- Fed up with expensive state assigned-risk pools, DDA rented a captive facility instead - and slashed its expenses by half.
- Company leaders note there are independent dairy processors as well as captive dairies Dean Foods is interested in purchasing.
- The USA also retains residual regulation concerning captive shippers.
late Middle English: from Latin captivus, from capere 'seize, take'.