The definition of captivity is the state of being trapped, imprisoned or confined.
A panda that is kept in a cage at the zoo is an example of a panda that is in captivity.
coarctation 1. Obsolete, the act of confining, as in a narrow space. 2. restriction of liberty. infibulation the process of confining with a buckle or padlock. See also sex. oubliette a secret place of imprisonment, usually with only one opening in the top, as found in some old castles.
- The state of being captive.
- The state or period of being imprisoned, confined, or enslaved.
Form of captive, from the Middle English captive, from the Latin captivus. Entered into the English lexicon around 14c.
- Of course, in captivity animals might not act the same way they did in the wild.
- He remained in captivity for ten years, but was reinstated by the French in 1645 and confirmed in his possessions by the peace of Westphalia.
- The tradition of his captivity (2 Chron.
- - viii.), dated from the fourth year of Darius, contains an inquiry whether the fast days that arose in the captivity are still to be observed, with a comforting and encouraging reply of the prophet.
- Thus began the seventy years "Babylonian captivity of the Church."