Captivity is the condition of being trapped or confined. Animals that are kept in zoos are in captivity.

A prisoner is in captivity, and a kidnapping victim is also in captivity. If you catch a firefly and keep it in a jar, its life will be one of captivity until you let it go. When you're imprisoned or enslaved, you're captive. Both words come from a Latin source, captivus, "caught" or "taken prisoner," from the root capere, "to take, hold, or seize."

Definitions of captivity
  1. noun
    the state of being imprisoned
    “he was held in captivity until he died”
    synonyms: immurement, imprisonment, incarceration
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    imprisonment (especially for a long time)
    life imprisonment
    a sentence of imprisonment until death
    confinement during wartime
    type of:
    the state of being confined
  2. noun
    the state of being a slave
    “"So every bondman in his own hand bears the power to cancel his captivity"--Shakespeare”
    synonyms: enslavement
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    type of:
    subjection, subjugation
    forced submission to control by others
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