noun (plural capitularies)historical
A royal command under the Merovingian dynasty.
- Codes were seen as rights of the people, capitularies as royal legislation.
- An abridgement of the Carolingian capitularies of Charlemagne and Louis the Pious by Ansegisus, possibly acting in an official capacity, was made in the 820s.
- One of Charlemagne's capitularies is entitled ‘On Scribes - That They Should Not Write Corruptly’.
Mid 17th century: from late Latin capitularius, from Latin capitulum in the sense 'section of a law'.
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