- 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.
Origin of recapitulation
Examples from the Web for recapitulation
The revelation of another life is a recapitulation of the argument in a figure.Gorgias
It was interesting, but I should have preferred to edit the recapitulation.Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled
Haeckel was not the original discoverer of the law of recapitulation.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
But wherefore this recapitulation of everything I know so well already?Wagner, the Wehr-Wolf
George W. M. Reynolds
This succinct exposé may be useful as a recapitulation of the argument.The Mind and the Brain
- the act of recapitulating, esp summing up, as at the end of a speech
- Also called: palingenesis biology the apparent repetition in the embryonic development of an animal of the changes that occurred during its evolutionary historyCompare caenogenesis
- music the repeating of earlier themes, esp when forming the final section of a movement in sonata form
Word Origin and History for recapitulation
late 14c., "a summarizing," from Old French recapitulacion (13c.), from Late Latin recapitulationem (nominative recapitulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of recapitulare "go over the main points of a thing again," literally "restate by heads or chapters," from re- "again" (see re-) + capitulum "main part" (see chapter).