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captive

[ kap-tiv ]
/ ˈkæp tɪv /
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noun

a prisoner.
a person who is enslaved or dominated: He is the captive of his own fears.

adjective

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Origin of captive

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English or directly from Middle French, from Latin captīvus, equivalent to capt(us) “taken” (past participle of capere “to take”) + -īvus adjective suffix (see -ive)

OTHER WORDS FROM captive

non·cap·tive, adjectivepseu·do·cap·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for captive

captive
/ (ˈkæptɪv) /

noun

a person or animal that is confined or restrained, esp a prisoner of war
a person whose behaviour is dominated by some emotiona captive of love

adjective

held as prisoner
held under restriction or control; confinedcaptive water held behind a dam
captivated; enraptured
unable by circumstances to avoid speeches, advertisements, etc (esp in the phrase captive audience)

Word Origin for captive

C14: from Latin captīvus, from capere to take
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