- The definition of captive is someone who is confined, controlled or has no alternatives.
An audience that cannot get up and leave even if they want to is an example of a captive audience.
- A captive is defined as a person or animal who has been confined or held hostage.
- An animal locked in a cage is an example of a captive.
- A person who has been held hostage is an example of a captive.
- a person caught and held prisoner, as in war
- a person who is captivated, as by beauty or love
Origin of captiveClassical Latin captivus from captus, past participle of capere, to take: see have
- taken prisoner or held by force
- not able to act independently: a captive nation
- obliged or forced to listen, whether wanting to or not: a captive audience
- of captivity
- One, such as a prisoner of war, who is forcibly confined, subjugated, or enslaved.
- One held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion.
- A subsidiary that serves only its parent company.
- Taken and held prisoner, as in war.
- Held in bondage; enslaved.
- Kept under restraint or control; confined: captive birds.
- Enraptured, as by beauty; captivated.
- Restrained by circumstances that prevent free choice: a captive audience; a captive market.
- Serving a single company exclusively: a captive insurer.
Origin of captiveMiddle English captif from Old French from Latin captīvus from captus past participle of capere to seize ; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
- Held prisoner; not free; confined.
- Subdued by love; charmed; captivated.
- Of or relating to bondage or confinement; serving to confine.
- captive chains; captive hours
OriginSee also: captivé
Ultimately from Latin captivus.