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[kap-tiv-i-tee] /kæpˈtɪv ɪ ti/
noun, plural captivities.
the state or period of being held, imprisoned, enslaved, or confined.
(initial capital letter) Babylonian captivity.
Origin of captivity
1275-1325; Middle English captivite (< Old French) < Latin captīvitās. See captive, -ity
Related forms
precaptivity, noun
semicaptivity, noun
1. bondage, servitude, slavery, thralldom, subjection; imprisonment, confinement, incarceration.
1. freedom. Unabridged
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  • They are the most common pets in Brazil, but they refuse to breed in captivity.

  • They determined that it would not be their fault if I remained in captivity.

  • But after the Babylonish captivity a part of them returned and settled down here.

    Historical Miniatures August Strindberg
  • Though often caught, they do not survive many weeks in captivity.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • His other poems are but briefs in rhyme, and, like the poor Greek's collections, to redeem from captivity.

    Thackerayana William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for captivity


noun (pl) -ties
the condition of being captive; imprisonment
the period of imprisonment
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Word Origin and History for captivity

late 14c., Old French *captivite or directly from Latin captivitatem (nominative captivitas), from captivus (see captive (n.)). An Old English cognate word for it was gehæftnes (see haft).

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