Definition of recollection in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrekəˈlekSH(ə)n/


1The action or faculty of remembering something: to the best of my recollection no one ever had a bad word to say about him
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  • To the best of my recollection the ‘average’ lifespan for marriages in the UK is anywhere between five to seven years.
  • To the best of my recollection, two men were put on the job.
  • To the best of my recollection, Stanley played the part of a man who was persuaded by Satan to have a television, one of the first in his street, in his home.
1.1A thing recollected; a memory: a biography based on his wife’s recollections
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  • She filled the margins with recollections of special memories and funny phrases.
  • I would love to know a little about the stories involved, your memories, feelings and recollections.
  • Everybody who has met her has their own special memories of the occasion, and it is those recollections that we would like you to share with us.
1.2 Philosophy (In Platonic thought) anamnesis.
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  • Scholars disagree on the nature and role of this recollection in Plato's epistemology, and most subsequent Platonists demur from it.
  • Further comparisons arise with Plato's doctrine of recollection.
  • But it also implies a rejection of the Platonic doctrine that learning is a recollection of previously known Forms.



Pronunciation: /-tiv/
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  • Just to test it, they'll go on the computer or meet with friends even when they know they're grounded, counting on our feeble recollective abilities to get away with it.
  • The reason animators use familiar voices is that immediate connection the audience makes with a character whose speech strikes a recollective chord.


Late 16th century (denoting gathering things together again): from French or medieval Latin recollectio(n-), from the verb recolligere 'gather again' (see recollect1).

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Syllabification: rec·ol·lec·tion

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