ca·​pit·​u·​la·​tion | \ kə-ˌpi-chə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce capitulation (audio) \

Definition of capitulation

1 : a set of terms or articles (see article sense 1c) constituting an agreement between governments
2a : the act of surrendering or yielding the capitulation of the defenders of the besieged town
b : the terms of surrender

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Examples of capitulation in a Sentence

her sudden capitulation surprised everyone; she usually debated for hours
Recent Examples on the Web Then, the French Army, which boasted more tanks and artillery than the Germans, fell almost as rapidly, and there was an increasing sentiment of capitulation for survival among the English. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Supermarine Spitfire Is Such a Badass Plane," 6 Sep. 2020 Depending on one’s political perspective, that might be seen as either a laudable step in the path to progressive enlightenment or as a capitulation to the forces of political correctness. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "How Racism Made Its Way Into the Dictionary," 4 Sep. 2020 Conflating them with the flawed humanity of those who achieved great things is intellectual capitulation, not moral righteousness. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "A (bitter) taste of Kamala, &c.," 25 Aug. 2020 Now, a capitulation on prices by the biggest miners is sparking the industry back to life. Thomas Biesheuvel,, "Cheaper Diamonds Fire Life Into the Hidden World of Gem Trading," 29 Aug. 2020 Sanctions have hurt the group, but seldom lead to total capitulation. Carine Hajjar, National Review, "Now Is the Time to Force Hezbollah out of Lebanon," 22 Aug. 2020 However, in the knockout stages of the Champions League, PSG has become synonymous with capitulation. Matias Grez, CNN, "Paris Saint-Germain reaches first ever Champions League final with demolition of RB Leipzig," 18 Aug. 2020 One thing is clear: the hope for confrontation followed by capitulation is misguided. The Economist, "The Chinese economic model Xi Jinping is reinventing state capitalism. Don’t underestimate it," 13 Aug. 2020 But Carter suggested Biden needs to find someone who excites the younger and more progressive wings of the Democratic Party concerned the presumptive nominee was a capitulation to moderates. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "It's decision time for Joe Biden. His VP pick could make history, with Harris, Rice among top contenders," 9 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of capitulation

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for capitulation

see capitulate

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14 Sep 2020

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“Capitulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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