Definition of captive in English:

captive

Line breaks: cap|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈkaptɪv
 
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noun

adjective

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  • 1Imprisoned or confined: the farm was used to hold prisoners of war captive a captive animal
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    confined, caged, incarcerated, locked up, penned up; chained, shackled, fettered, ensnared; restrained, under restraint, restricted, secure; jailed, imprisoned, in prison, interned, detained, in captivity, under lock and key, behind bars, in bondage, taken prisoner; captured
  • 1.1 [attributive] Having no freedom to choose alternatives or to avoid something: advertisements at the cinema reach a captive audience
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    • 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 plant
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    • 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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin captivus, from capere 'seize, take'.

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