- 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.
captivity definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. captivities
the condition or time of being captive; imprisonment; bondage
captivity definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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noun pl. cap·tiv·i·ties
The state or period of being imprisoned, confined, or enslaved.
captivity - Ologies & -Isms Definition
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.