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Synonyms for captive
ˈkæp tɪvcap·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prisoner, captivenoun

    a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war


    free, inattentive

  2. captivenoun

    an animal that is confined


    free, inattentive

  3. captiveadjective

    a person held in the grip of a strong emotion or passion


    inattentive, free

  4. captive, confined, imprisoned, jailedadjective

    being in captivity

    engrossed, absorbed, enwrapped, confined, wrapped, jailed, imprisoned, intent

    free, inattentive

  5. captive, absorbed, engrossed, enwrapped, intent, wrappedadjective

    giving or marked by complete attention to

    "that engrossed look or rapt delight"; "then wrapped in dreams"; "so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare; "rapt with wonder"; "wrapped in thought"

    clothed, cloaked, engrossed, mantled, absorbed, enwrapped, confined, wrapped, jailed, imprisoned, intent, draped

    inattentive, free

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  1. improsoned

    Submitted by anonymous on November 9, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. captivenoun


PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "captive":

    prisoner, captured

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  1. Abdullah Faaruuq:

    They say Aafia Saddiqui took up a machine gun while they held Aafia Saddiqui captive in the other room and was ready to attack her captors, what a brave woman she is. And if my mother was in the same place, she would have taken her West Indian machete and cut her way through those kafirs( infidels).

  2. Ryan Clancy:

    Three-quarters of the country thinks we’re on the wrong track – and that includes majorities of Democrats, independents and Republicans, most Americans don’t have favorable views of either party or the top leaders in them, and they think both sides are too captive to the extremes.

  3. Rachel Brosnahan:

    And one of the things I love the most about this show while I have you captive for another two seconds, it’s about a woman who is finding her voice anew, it’s something that’s happening all over the country right now. One of the most important ways that we can find and use our voices is to vote. So if you haven’t already registered, do it on your cell phone right now. Vote, show up, and bring a friend to the polls. Thank you so much.

  4. Brian Henry:

    We are reviewing and evaluating all similar captive pharmacy arrangements that we know of and will work to identify others.

  5. Chicago Pplice Superintendent David Brown:

    Guns should not be available to individuals who shouldn’t have them, chicago’s communities cannot and will not be held captive by senseless gun violence.

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