[ kuh-pich-uh-ley-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of capitulating.

  2. the document containing the terms of a surrender.

  1. a list of the headings or main divisions of a subject; a summary or enumeration.

  2. 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

Other words from capitulation

  • ca·pit·u·la·to·ry [kuh-pich-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /kəˈpɪtʃ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
  • non·ca·pit·u·la·tion, noun

Words Nearby capitulation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use capitulation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for capitulation


/ (kəˌpɪtjʊˈleɪʃən) /

  1. the act of capitulating

  2. a document containing terms of surrender

  1. a statement summarizing the main divisions of a subject

Derived forms of capitulation

  • capitulatory, adjective

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