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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
First recorded in 1525-35, capitulation is from the Medieval Latin word 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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  • After the capitulation he was made prisoner, and in escaping was wounded.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • After the capitulation of the French army, Loubet was made a prisoner.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • I proved right, for last month came the capitulation, and here I am.

  • Thither the allied armies had followed him and forced his capitulation.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • The capitulation, with these modifications, was signed by Draper and the Archbishop-Governor.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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