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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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Capitulationnoun

    Stipulation; terms; conditions.

    Etymology: from capitulate.

    It was not a complete conquest, but rather a dedition upon terms and capitulations, agreed between the conquerour and the conquered; wherein, usually, the yielding party secured to themselves their law and religion. Matthew Hale.


  1. Capitulation

    Capitulation may have the following special meanings. Capitulation (surrender) Stock market capitulation Capitulation (treaty) Capitulations of the Ottoman Empire Capitulation (algebra) Conclave capitulation Electoral capitulation

Webster Dictionary

  1. Capitulationnoun

    a reducing to heads or articles; a formal agreement

  2. Capitulationnoun

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

  3. Capitulationnoun

    the instrument containing the terms of an agreement or surrender

  4. 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. Ken Polcari:

    I don't think we've hit capitulation yet. It certainly has been ugly but in order for there to really be a bottom, it's got to be one of those days where it gets so ugly it's almost panicky.

  2. 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.

  3. State John Kerry:

    Let me underscore the alternative to the deal we have reached is not -- as I've seen some ads on TV suggesting disingenuously -- it isn't a 'better deal', some sort of unicorn arrangement involving Iran's complete capitulation, that is a fantasy plain and simple, that our own intelligence community will tell you that.

  4. Rachel Johnson:

    My brother is using words like' surrender' and' capitulation' as if the people standing in the way of the blessed will of the people, as defined by the 17.4 million votes in 2016, should be hung, drawn, quartered, tarred, and feathered, i think that is highly reprehensible.

  5. Irwin Michael:

    Yesterday there appeared a fair amount of capitulation. It appeared to be more retail-oriented than institutional from what we could see in terms of the volumes.

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