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Definition of "capitulation" [ca•pit•u•la•tion]

  • The act of surrendering or giving up. See Synonyms at surrender. (noun)
  • A document containing the terms of surrender. (noun)
  • An enumeration of the main parts of a subject; a summary. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "capitulation" in a sentence
  • "But to use the word "capitulation" is too kind, since this president, as was Bill Clinton before him, is clearly one of those "New Democrats" who welcomes the opportunity to jettison the legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt as outmoded political baggage."
  • ""There's a certain point where people will panic out -- that's what you call capitulation," Mr. Springer says."
  • "This capitulation is a disgrace, although not a surprise."