Captive 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. [1913 Webster]

Then, when I am thy captive, talk of chains. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. One charmed or subdued by beaty, excellence, or affection; one who is captivated. [1913 Webster]

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