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[ rep-i-tish-uhn ]


  1. the act of repeating, or doing, saying, or writing something again; repeated action, performance, production, or presentation.
  2. repeated utterance; reiteration.
  3. something made by or resulting from repeating.
  4. a reproduction, copy, or replica.
  5. Civil Law. an action or demand for the recovery of a payment or delivery made by error or upon failure to fulfill a condition.


/ ˌrɛpɪˈtɪʃən /


  1. the act or an instance of repeating; reiteration
  2. a thing, word, action, etc, that is repeated
  3. a replica or copy
  4. civil law Scots law the recovery or repayment of money paid or received by mistake, as when the same bill has been paid twice
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Word History and Origins

Origin of repetition1

1375–1425; late Middle English (< Old French repeticion ) < Latin repetītiōn- (stem of repetītiō ), equivalent to repetīt ( us ) (past participle of repetere to repeat ) + -iōn- -ion
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Example Sentences

Another time-related phenomenon is that repetition of experience renders memories generic.

Even if you can only do a few repetitions, try to increase your internal tension while doing so—like making a fist to smash through a weak sheetrock wall.

Through millions of repetitions, it could then discover not just the patterns among the words but also the relationships between the words and the elements in each image.

Much of that time is taken up by the laborious repetition of experiments to synthesize new compounds and learn from trial and error.

As Collen pointed out, there’s a combination of talent and repetitions at play in the rise of any unexpected new star.

Kendrick rapidly chants these last lines in repetition with Bilal and Anna Wise sing-shouting behind him, like a rallying cry.

The next 10 times after that, the sheer repetition made it funny again, like the famous Simpsons rake joke.

"Nowhere to run ain't got nowhere to go," Springsteen sings before launching into the "Born in the U.S.A." chorus in repetition.

The repetition of that became as tastelessly titillating as showing us a torn arm or a decomposing torso.

In contrast to past beliefs, repetition may reduce the fidelity of memory representations.

It is either thoughtless repetition, or thoughtful Analysis that he must use.

Endless repetition or repeating a sentence to be memorised over and over again is the usual process.

Her voice was stern; it bore to the girl's ears a subtle, unworded repetition of the threat the Marquise had already voiced.

This Series is usually learned by endless repetition, as a succession of sounds to the ear, or sight to the eye, by mere rote.

The first is the traditional method of learning by rote or endless repetition.


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