Definition of capitulation in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˌpiCHəˈlāSH(ə)n/


1The action of surrendering or ceasing to resist an opponent or demand: the victor sees it as a sign of capitulation a capitulation to wage demands
More example sentences
  • In the military sense capitulation provides a means to end conflict, either at local or a wider level.
  • The Americans have stopped pretending, and now demand outright capitulation to its hegemony.
  • We are dealing with an absolutist culture that demands total capitulation or nothing.
1.1 (capitulations) historical An agreement or set of conditions.
Example sentences
  • If these capitulations contain conditions which curtail the jurisdiction or the prerogatives of the bishop, the privileges of the diocese, or the like, then they do not bind the candidate-elect.
  • Capitulations were abolished in Turkey in 1923 and in Egypt in 1937.


Mid 16th century: from late Latin capitulatio(n-), from the verb capitulare (see capitulate).

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Syllabification: ca·pit·u·la·tion

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