Nor is the stubborn, shrewd prime minsiter known to capitulate easily, or to misread public sentiment.
As he is walking out the door, the Japanese call him back, capitulate, and a happy medium is agreed on.
This meant that even if Saddam sought to capitulate, it would not suffice.
to divide into chapters, put under titles or headings
Latin capitulum 'titles, chapters'
1570s, "to draw up in chapters" (i.e., under "heads"), in part a back-formation from capitulation, in part from Medieval Latin capitulatus, past participle of capitulare "to draw up in heads or chapters, arrange conditions." Often of terms of surrender, hence meaning "to yield on stipulated terms" (1680s). Related: Capitulated; capitulating.