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

Examples of capitulation in a Sentence

her sudden capitulation surprised everyone; she usually debated for hours
Recent Examples on the Web British capitulation in our War of Independence had given us liberty from colonial rule and from monarchy. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, 26 May 2024 In his inauguration speech, Mr. Putin also repeated his call for talks that many critics see as tantamount to a demand for capitulation by the West and Ukraine. Anton Troianovski Nanna Heitmann, New York Times, 7 May 2024 Pursuing that outcome would represent neither a capitulation to terrorism nor a submission to American diktats. Ami Ayalon, Foreign Affairs, 11 Apr. 2024 But for both of them the thought of not returning was unthinkable — something like capitulation. Matt Bradley, NBC News, 7 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for capitulation 

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Word History


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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 14 Jun. 2024.

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