recapitulation [ree-k uh-pich- uh- ley-sh uh n] noun 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 1350–1400; Middle English recapitulacioun
Late Latin recapitulātiōn-
), equivalent to
-iōn- -ion Related forms re·ca·pit·u·la·tive, re·ca·pit·u·la·to·ry , [ree-k uh- pich- uh-l uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˌri kəˈpɪtʃ ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for recapitulation Historical Examples of recapitulation
The revelation of another life is a
recapitulation of the argument in a figure.
It was interesting, but I should have preferred to edit the
Haeckel was not the original discoverer of the law of
But wherefore this
recapitulation of everything I know so well already?
This succinct exposé may be useful as a
recapitulation of the argument. British Dictionary definitions for recapitulation noun 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 history Compare caenogenesis music the repeating of earlier themes, esp when forming the final section of a movement in sonata form
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Word Origin and History for recapitulation n.
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).
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