[ ree-kuh-pich-uh-ley-shuhn ]
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  1. the act of recapitulating or the state of being recapitulated.

  2. a brief review or summary, as of a speech.

  1. 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.

  2. Music. the modified restatement of the exposition following the development section in a sonata-form movement.

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

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

How to use recapitulation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for recapitulation


/ (ˌriːkəˌpɪtjʊˈleɪʃən) /

  1. the act of recapitulating, esp summing up, as at the end of a speech

  2. Also called: palingenesis biology the apparent repetition in the embryonic development of an animal of the changes that occurred during its evolutionary history: Compare caenogenesis

  1. music the repeating of earlier themes, esp when forming the final section of a movement in sonata form

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