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  • a person who has been captured or is otherwise confined
  • a person held prisoner
  • held prisoner; not free; confined
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Cap"tive (?), n. [L. captivus, fr. capere to take: cf. F. captif. See Caitiff.] 1. A prisoner taken by force or stratagem, esp., by an enemy, in war; one kept in bondage or in the power of another.

Then, when I am thy captive, talk of chains.
Milton.

2. One charmed or subdued by beaty, excellence, or affection; one who is captivated.

Cap"tive, a. 1. Made prisoner, especially in war; held in bondage or in confinement.

A poor, miserable, captive thrall.
Milton.

2. Subdued by love; charmed; captivated.

Even in so short a space, my wonan's heart
Grossly grew captive to his honey words.
Shak.

3. Of or pertaining to bondage or confinement; serving to confine; as, captive chains; captive hours.

Cap"tive (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Captived (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Captiving.] To take prisoner; to capture.

Their inhabitans slaughtered and captived.
Burke.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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