Definition of recollection in English:


Syllabification: rec·ol·lec·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌrekəˈlekSHən


  • 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.



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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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