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captive

[kap-tiv] /ˈkæp tɪv/
noun
1.
a prisoner.
2.
a person who is enslaved or dominated; slave:
He is the captive of his own fears.
adjective
3.
made or held prisoner, especially in war:
captive troops.
4.
kept in confinement or restraint:
captive animals.
5.
enslaved by love, beauty, etc.; captivated:
her captive beau.
6.
of or pertaining to a captive.
7.
managed as an affiliate or subsidiary of a corporation and operated almost exclusively for the use or needs of the parent corporation rather than independently for the general public:
a captive shop; a captive mine.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin captīvus, equivalent to capt(us) taken (past participle of capere to take) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
noncaptive, adjective
pseudocaptive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for captive

captive

/ˈkæptɪv/
noun
1.
a person or animal that is confined or restrained, esp a prisoner of war
2.
a person whose behaviour is dominated by some emotion: a captive of love
adjective
3.
held as prisoner
4.
held under restriction or control; confined: captive water held behind a dam
5.
captivated; enraptured
6.
unable by circumstances to avoid speeches, advertisements, etc (esp in the phrase captive audience)
Word Origin
C14: from Latin captīvus, from capere to take
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Word Origin and History for captive
adj.

late 14c., "imprisoned, enslaved," from Latin captivus "caught, taken prisoner," from captus, past participle of capere "to take, hold, seize" (see capable). As a noun from c.1400; an Old English noun was hæftling, from hæft "taken, seized."

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captive in the Bible

one taken in war. Captives were often treated with great cruelty and indignity (1 Kings 20:32; Josh. 10:24; Judg. 1:7; 2 Sam. 4:12; Judg. 8:7; 2 Sam. 12:31; 1 Chr. 20:3). When a city was taken by assault, all the men were slain, and the women and children carried away captive and sold as slaves (Isa. 20; 47:3; 2 Chr. 28:9-15; Ps. 44:12; Joel 3:3), and exposed to the most cruel treatment (Nah. 3:10; Zech. 14:2; Esther 3:13; 2 Kings 8:12; Isa. 13:16, 18). Captives were sometimes carried away into foreign countries, as was the case with the Jews (Jer. 20:5; 39:9, 10; 40:7).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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