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Definitions for capitulation
kəˌpɪtʃ əˈleɪ ʃənca·pit·u·la·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. capitulationnoun

    a document containing the terms of surrender

  2. capitulationnoun

    a summary that enumerates the main parts of a topic

  3. capitulation, fall, surrendernoun

    the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions)

    "they were protected until the capitulation of the fort"


  1. capitulationnoun

    A reducing to heads or articles; a formal agreement.

  2. capitulationnoun

    The act of capitulating or surrendering to an enemy upon stipulated terms.

  3. capitulationnoun

    The instrument containing the terms of an agreement or surrender.

  4. capitulationnoun

    An enumeration of the main parts of a subject.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Capitulationnoun

    a reducing to heads or articles; a formal agreement

    Etymology: [Cf. F. capitulation, LL. capitulatio.]

  2. Capitulationnoun

    the act of capitulating or surrendering to an emeny upon stipulated terms

    Etymology: [Cf. F. capitulation, LL. capitulatio.]

  3. Capitulationnoun

    the instrument containing the terms of an agreement or surrender

    Etymology: [Cf. F. capitulation, LL. capitulatio.]


  1. Capitulation

    Capitulation, an agreement in time of war for the surrender to a hostile armed force of a particular body of troops, a town or a territory. It is an ordinary incident of war, and therefore no previous instructions from the captors' government are required before finally settling the conditions of capitulation. The most usual of such conditions are freedom of religion and security of private property on the one hand, and a promise not to bear arms within a certain period on the other. Such agreements may be rashly concluded with an inferior officer, on whose authority the enemy are not in the actual position of the war entitled to place reliance. When an agreement is made by an officer who has not the proper authority or who has exceeded the limits of his authority, it is termed a "sponsion", and, to be binding, must be confirmed by express or tacit ratification. The Hague Convention on the laws and the customs of war lays down that capitulations agreed on between the contracting parties must be in accordance with the rules of military honor. When once settled they must be observed by both the parties.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. capitulation

    The conditions on which a subdued force surrenders, agreed upon between the contending parties.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. capitulation

    The surrender of a fortress or army on stipulated conditions.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of capitulation in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of capitulation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of capitulation in a Sentence

  1. Alan Gayle:

    It still seems to be focused on specific issues, whether it’s credit or it’s oil. But clearly there is a more defensive tone that the market is taking and we’re watching for signs of capitulation.

  2. Bill Hagerty:

    I’m very concerned that this appears, that it could be more appeasement from the Biden Administration, more capitulation, huawei is an aggressive predatory company. It’s backed by the Chinese Communist Party. We have given up leverage today.

  3. Daniel Horowitz:

    You can only fool most of the people some of the time, every capitulation [congressional Republicans] engage in, every primary they win by getting across the finish line and they don't do what they've promised — it becomes that much tougher for them to defend.

  4. Roger Horn:

    People are selling what they can because they want to decrease exposure to Argentina. They've already taken losses, they don't see a way forward that is going to restore them, so they're cutting exposure, it's a classic capitulation.

  5. Lena Komileva:

    But it does suggest a capitulation in investor confidence in the ability of central banks to reflate global growth or prevent another downturn. And that's not a good confidence signal.

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