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[kuh-pich-uh-ley-shuh n] /kəˌpɪtʃ əˈleɪ ʃən/
the act of capitulating.
the document containing the terms of a surrender.
a list of the headings or main divisions of a subject; a summary or enumeration.
Often, capitulations. a treaty or agreement by which subjects of one country residing or traveling in another are extended extraterritorial rights or special privileges, especially such a treaty between a European country and the former Ottoman rulers of Turkey.
Origin of capitulation
1525-35; < Medieval Latin capitulātiōn- (stem of capitulātiō). See capitulate, -ion
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[kuh-pich-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kəˈpɪtʃ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
noncapitulation, noun Unabridged
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  • All subjects of the French King were, however, excluded from any part of the terms of this capitulation.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
  • I proved right, for last month came the capitulation, and here I am.

  • Was it my new feeling of sisterhood that so elated me—or was it, more, Mrs. Sewall's capitulation?

    The Fifth Wheel Olive Higgins Prouty
  • The capitulation, with these modifications, was signed by Draper and the Archbishop-Governor.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • At the time of the capitulation, the difficulty of making that port early in the winter was unknown to General Burgoyne.

British Dictionary definitions for capitulation


the act of capitulating
a document containing terms of surrender
a statement summarizing the main divisions of a subject
Derived Forms
capitulatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for capitulation

1530s, "an agreement," from Middle French capitulation, noun of action from capituler "agree on specified terms," from Medieval Latin capitulare "to draw up in heads or chapters, arrange conditions," from capitulum "chapter," in classical Latin "heading," literally "a little head," diminutive of caput (genitive capitis) "head" (see capitulum). Meaning narrowed by mid-17c. to "make terms of surrender."

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