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Definition of captive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1kept as a prisoner or in a small space; unable to escape captive animals They were taken captive by masked gunmen. captive breeding (= the catching and breeding of wild animals)
  2. 2[only before noun] not free to leave a particular place or to choose what you want do to A salesman loves to have a captive audience (= listening because they have no choice).
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: captive

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