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captivity

[ kap-tiv-i-tee ]
/ kæpˈtɪv ɪ ti /
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Definition of captivity

noun, plural cap·tiv·i·ties.
the state or period of being held, imprisoned, enslaved, or confined.
(initial capital letter) Babylonian captivity.
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Origin of captivity

1275–1325; Middle English captivite (<Old French ) <Latin captīvitās.See captive, -ity

OTHER WORDS FROM captivity

pre·cap·tiv·i·ty, nounsem·i·cap·tiv·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for captivity

captivity
/ (kæpˈtɪvɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties
the condition of being captive; imprisonment
the period of imprisonment
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