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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: captivus, from captus, past participle of capere 'to take'

captive

1 adjective
     
cap‧tive1
1 kept in prison or in a place that you are not allowed to leave:
captive soldiers
captive animals
His son had been taken captive (=became a prisoner) during the raid.
a pilot who was held captive (=kept as a prisoner) for six years
2

captive audience

people who listen or watch someone or something because they have to, not because they are interested
3

captive market

the people who must buy a particular product or service, because they need it and there is only one company selling it
4

be captive to something

to be unable to think or speak freely, because of being influenced too much by something:
Our communities should not be captive to the mistakes of the past.

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