• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Captation A courting of favor or applause, by flattery or address; a captivating quality; an attraction. "Without any of those dresses, or popular captations , which some men use in their speeches."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n captation The act or practice of gaining favor or applause by flattery or address.
    • n captation A name given by Descourtis to the opening stage of the hypnotic or mesmeric trance. Sometimes called fascination.
    • n captation In French law, influence brought to bear upon one party by another so that the will of the former becomes subject to that of the latter: generally used in an opprobrious sense.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. captatio, fr. captare, to catch, intens. of caper, to take: cf. F. captation,


In literature:

Aquila non captat muscas, as you taught the boys at Stonnington.
"Springhaven" by R. D. Blackmore
Bague de captation Thrust collar.
"English-French and French-English dictionary of the motor car, cycle, and boat" by Frederick Lucas