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cap·tive

captive

 
 
pronunciation:
kaep tihv
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: one who is captured and held prisoner.
The captive had no way to escape.
synonyms:
prisoner
similar words:
convict, hostage, jailbird
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: held as prisoner.
The captive wolf howled all night.
synonyms:
confined, imprisoned, restrained
similar words:
caged, locked up, penned
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The word captive contains the following parts:
cap1, cip, capt, cept, -ceive, -ceit Latin root that means to take, catch
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive, effusion).