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recitation

[res-i-tey-shuh n] /ˌrɛs ɪˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act of reciting.
2.
a reciting or repeating of something from memory, especially formally or publicly.
3.
oral response by a pupil or pupils to a teacher on a prepared lesson.
4.
a period of classroom instruction.
5.
an elocutionary delivery of a piece of poetry or prose, without the text, before an audience.
6.
a piece so delivered or for such delivery.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; < Latin recitātiōn- (stem of recitātiō), equivalent to recitāt(us) (past participle of recitāre to recite) + -iōn- -ion
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nonrecitation, noun
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recitation

/ˌrɛsɪˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of reciting from memory, or a formal reading of verse before an audience
2.
something recited
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Word Origin and History for nonrecitation

recitation

n.

late 15c., "act of detailing," from Old French récitation (14c.) and directly from Latin recitationem (nominative recitatio) "public reading, a reading aloud," noun of action from past participle stem of recitare (see recite). Meaning "act of repeating aloud" is from 1620s; that of "repetition of a prepared lesson" is first recorded 1770, American English.

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