Definition of captivity in English:

captivity

noun

  • 1The condition of being imprisoned or confined.

    ‘he was released after 865 days in captivity’
    ‘the third month of their captivity’
    • ‘The urine is likely to be obtained from foxes kept in captivity or those that have been shot by gamekeepers to protect their stock.’
    • ‘Freedom, in short, is a subjective concept that can mean either liberation or lifelong captivity.’
    • ‘The next three days of captivity are described over three chapters.’
    • ‘I met Brian just six months after he came out of captivity, and I was struck by how unsettled he seemed.’
    • ‘If Amber does make a full recovery she will spend the rest of her life in captivity for her own protection.’
    • ‘The major had been in captivity for two months after being captured along with a team of Indian peacekeepers.’
    • ‘Some Australian bird species or parrot species will breed quite happily here in captivity.’
    • ‘The sad fate of the German prisoners of war held in Soviet captivity is generally known in the Federal Republic.’
    • ‘Millions of the 5 million or so who returned alive from German captivity were sentenced to labour camps.’
    • ‘After three and a half years in captivity, only one-third of the prisoners were still alive.’
    • ‘I had malaria 46 times during captivity, although luckily not while I was in the cage.’
    • ‘The pope was taken prisoner and kept in polite captivity for nine months.’
    • ‘Female cowbirds were held in captivity and released at the end of the breeding season.’
    • ‘Later in 1945, when in captivity, he spoke about the shooting to fellow prisoners.’
    • ‘The French withdrew, taking the pope with them as a prisoner, and he died in French captivity.’
    • ‘What an opportunity to proclaim real liberty to those in physical captivity and spiritual bondage!’
    • ‘Those first few months of captivity, for the most part, passed the quickest.’
    • ‘Were the families of those who did not survive captivity fairly compensated?’
    • ‘Most animals' basic needs can be met in captivity if conditions are sufficiently favourable.’
    • ‘She will survive her many wounds and, we hope, mend from the trauma of her captivity.’
    imprisonment, confinement, internment, incarceration, custody, detention, restraint, constraint, committal, arrest
    bondage, slavery, servitude, enslavement, subjugation, subjection
    thraldom, thrall
    duress, durance
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin captivitas, from captivus taken captive (see captive).

Pronunciation:

captivity

/kapˈtivədē/