ca·​pit·​u·​la·​tion kə-ˌpi-chə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce capitulation (audio)
: a set of terms or articles (see article sense 1c) constituting an agreement between governments
: the act of surrendering or yielding
the capitulation of the defenders of the besieged town
: the terms of surrender

Example Sentences

her sudden capitulation surprised everyone; she usually debated for hours
Recent Examples on the Web Bankman-Fried struck a deal to sell his firm to its largest rival, Binance, a humbling capitulation after a lengthy online skirmish between Bankman-Fried and Binance’s chief executive, Changpeng Zhao. David Yaffe-bellany,, 15 Nov. 2022 After each new incitement, G.O.P. leaders have gone through the familiar cycle: consternation, equivocation, whataboutism, and, finally, full capitulation. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2022 Russia, facing a poor position on the battlefield, has proposed negotiations but in the past has proved unwilling to accept much other than Ukrainian capitulation. Paul Sonne, Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2022 But the rarity of the consecutive failures offered no balm to the Cougars on Friday night, after the most recent loss, a 27-24 capitulation to a bunch of Pirates from the American Athletic Conference. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Oct. 2022 Not well enough to overcome the Dodgers’ defensive capitulation in the sixth inning, either, when May and second baseman Chris Taylor misplayed two-out grounders to extend an inning in which the Marlins scored the eventual winning run. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2022 Yet none of these options can guarantee Taiwanese capitulation, and all of them would give Taipei, Washington and other democracies time to mount a punishing response. Michael Beckley, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 That doesn’t seem to suggest that investors have reached the point of capitulation. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, 29 Oct. 2022 Of simply delaying capitulation, and the sordid pleasure that came with it. Jessi Jezewska Stevens, Harper’s Magazine , 28 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


see capitulate

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of capitulation was in 1535

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“Capitulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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