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captivity

noun [U] uk   /kæpˈtɪv.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ə.t̬i/
the situation in which a person or animal is kept somewhere and is not allowed to leave: All the hostages, when released from captivity, looked remarkably fit and well. Animals bred in captivity would probably not survive if they were released into the wild.
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