- 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.
- 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.