[ ree-kuh-pich-uh-ley-shuhn ]
/ ˌri kəˌpɪtʃ əˈleɪ ʃən /
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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.



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Origin of recapitulation

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

OTHER WORDS FROM recapitulation

re·ca·pit·u·la·tive, re·ca·pit·u·la·to·ry [ree-kuh-pich-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˌri kəˈpɪtʃ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for recapitulation

/ (ˌriːkəˌpɪtjʊˈleɪʃən) /


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
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