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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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Examples from the web for capitulation
  • Cuomo's capitulation is actually a further defeat for taxpayers and the riding public.
  • 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.
  • Right on cue, politicians began wailing about capitulation to foreign invaders.
  • On another, it was a stunning intellectual capitulation.
  • The political elite is genuinely alarmed at what capitulation to southern demands might encourage.
  • Hence the choice becomes troops on the ground or capitulation.
  • Labour's last cowardly capitulation to people who make a lot of noise.
  • He argued that precise, overwhelming attacks would destroy an adversary's will, prompt quick capitulation and reduce casualties.
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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