captivity - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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  1. 1
    a situation in which a person is being kept as a prisoner

    The girls should be released from captivity immediately.

    in captivity:

    At least a quarter of the prisoners died in captivity.

  2. 2
    a situation in which wild animals are kept in a place such as a park or zoo instead of living in their natural environment
    in captivity:

    crocodiles that were born in captivity