the act of recapitulating or the state of being recapitulated.
a brief review or summary, as of a speech.
Biology. the theory that the stages an organism passes through during its embryonic development repeat the evolutionary stages of structural change in its ancestral lineage.
Music. the modified restatement of the exposition following the development section in a sonata-form movement.

1350–1400; Middle English recapitulacioun < Late Latin recapitulātiōn- (stem of recapitulātiō), equivalent to recapitulāt(us) (see recapitulate) + -iōn- -ion

recapitulative, recapitulatory [ree-kuh-pich-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective Unabridged
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recapitulation (ˌriːkəˌpɪtjʊˈleɪʃən)
1.  the act of recapitulating, esp summing up, as at the end of a speech
2.  biology Compare caenogenesis Also called: palingenesis the apparent repetition in the embryonic development of an animal of the changes that occurred during its evolutionary history
3.  music the repeating of earlier themes, esp when forming the final section of a movement in sonata form

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Word Origin & History

1388, "a summarizing," from O.Fr. recapitulacion (13c.), from L.L. recapitulationem (nom. recapitulatio), from recapitulatus, pp. of recapitulare "go over the main points of a thing again," lit. "restate by heads or chapters," from re- "again" + capitulum "main part" (see chapter).
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Example sentences
When lukewarm or downright miffed, he restricts himself to a bare-bones recapitulation of the plot up to that point.
Scholars of the thirties might avoid a recapitulation of the mistakes during that period.
However, the result is essentially a cabaret recapitulation on stage.
He makes a recapitulation of the heresies he had confuted, and says that their novelty alone suffices to confound them.
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