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.

1525–35; < Medieval Latin capitulātiōn- (stem of capitulātiō). See capitulate, -ion

capitulatory [kuh-pich-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
noncapitulation, noun Unabridged
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capitulation (kəˌpɪtjʊˈleɪʃən)
1.  the act of capitulating
2.  a document containing terms of surrender
3.  a statement summarizing the main divisions of a subject

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Word Origin & History

1535, "an agreement," from M.Fr. capitulation, from capituler "agree on specified terms," from M.L. capitulare "to draw up in heads or chapters, arrange conditions," from capitulum "chapter," from L. "heading," dim. of caput (gen. capitis) "head" (see head). Meaning narrowed
by 1650 to "make terms of surrender."
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in the history of international law, any treaty whereby one state permitted another to exercise extraterritorial jurisdiction over its own nationals within the former state's boundaries. The term is to be distinguished from the military term "capitulation," an agreement for surrender. There was no element of surrender in the early capitulations made by European rulers with the powerful Turkish sultans who were motivated by a desire to avoid the burden of administering justice to foreign merchants. Later capitulations, which in the case of China and other Asian states resulted from military pressure by European states, came to be regarded as (and, in effect, were) humiliating derogations from the sovereignty and equality of these states.

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Example sentences
Cuomo's capitulation is actually a further defeat for taxpayers and the riding
In that case, the clock ticking to war will have to be stopped to see whether
  the capitulation is genuine.
To some, signs of capitulation can be read as an indicator that the bottom may
  be near.
But many generals viewed the talks as a form of capitulation.
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