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 The capitulation was sped up by a series of secret deals that the Taliban brokered with many Afghan government officials. Craig Whitlock, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Aug. 2021 The country is still reeling from the Taliban takeover, the swift capitulation of Afghan forces and the chaotic departure of U.S. troops. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 31 Aug. 2021 The biases of interventionists and hawks flow frictionlessly into news coverage, treating the exit from Afghanistan as a capitulation and outrage, rather than as one—and perhaps the best—of a number of bad options. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 25 Aug. 2021 The capitulation of the Afghan forces obviously is getting great focus right now. ABC News, 22 Aug. 2021 The National Review mug technically tied for points with the Daily Wire tumbler, but ties reek of capitulation and soccer. Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 22 Aug. 2021 The State Department has said there has been no transfer of power, and has not made clear who the US recognizes as the leader of Afghanistan following the capitulation of Ashraf Ghani from Kabul. Natasha Bertrand, CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 Yet while many Afghan political leaders, from the president on down, have chosen capitulation, the question of how the Taliban will treat ordinary citizens looms large. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Aug. 2021 In doing so, it's also driven a wedge between privacy and cryptography experts who see its work as an innovative new solution and those who see it as a dangerous capitulation to government surveillance. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 5 Aug. 2021

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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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15 Sep 2021

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“Capitulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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