Definition of recapitulation in English:


Line breaks: re|cap¦itu|la¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌriːkəpɪtjʊˈleɪʃ(ə)n


  • 1An act or instance of summarizing and restating the main points of something: his recapitulation of the argument
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    • Even casual readers may benefit from the sectional summaries or recapitulations in the book.
    • To make matters worse, he never provided indexes to his books, and gives no summaries, recapitulations of points, nor linguistic ‘signposts’ to aid the unwitting reader.
    • Frank Brennan draws his lecture to a close with a recapitulation of his main points.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] Biology The repetition of an evolutionary or other process during development or growth.
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    • In 1904, he published a book on adolescence, advocating a new theory of child development based on evolutionary recapitulation.
    • Yet, like Darwin and many science textbooks and evolutionist books for laymen, the editor of this journal endorses embryonic recapitulation.
    • And shame on you for including the outdated and proven fraudulent idea of embryonic recapitulation (that has been discarded by scientists) to reinforce evolutionary ideas in the public eye.
  • 1.2 Music A part of a movement (especially one in sonata form) in which themes from the exposition are restated.
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    • In Sonata 10 in D Major, one of the six sonatas with full recapitulations, the lyrical second theme in the dominant minor provides a marked contrast to the assertive principal one.
    • Again, Mendelssohn saw the concerto form as a field for experiment and his idea of continuing the soloist's cadenza figuration in the first movement over the recapitulation in the orchestra was later hailed by Ravel as a masterstroke.
    • After the second climax, the music slows with a recapitulation of the opening theme and then fades to nothing.

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