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

Definition of recapitulation

1 : a concise summary
2 : the hypothetical occurrence in an individual organism's development of successive stages resembling the series of ancestral types from which it has descended so that the ontogeny of the individual retraces the phylogeny of its group
3 : the third section of a sonata form

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will begin his presentation with a recapitulation of the research done on the disease up to this point
Recent Examples on the Web At first glance, the portion of Devarim is a random recapitulation of events the Jews experienced in the desert. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 12 July 2021 Soberish, her first album in 11 years, brings to mind the glory of Guyville and its 1994 follow-up, Whip-Smart, without feeling at all like self-conscious recapitulation. Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone, 4 June 2021 Stewart’s recapitulation of the War for Independence and debates over the Constitution is unremarkable, and some of his speculations should raise eyebrows. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 The story of twenty-first century digital media woe hardly needs recapitulation. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 16 Mar. 2021 As directed by Matthew MacDermid, plot recapitulation, tawdry secrets and shocking revelations all were delivered at the same pace and with the same emotional heft. Matthew J. Palm,, 7 Nov. 2020 Look at how much of their review is spent in mindless recapitulation. Wired Staff, Wired, 29 Sep. 2020 At one point, we’re given a vivid recapitulation of recent terror attacks in London that only distracts from the tortured courtship at the play’s core. New York Times, 19 Mar. 2020 The opening of Act 2, which is the recapitulation of the pilot — the scene on the lifeboat — was originally going to be the opening of the episode. Chancellor Agard,, 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of recapitulation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Recapitulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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re·​ca·​pit·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌrē-kə-ˌpich-ə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce recapitulation (audio) \

Medical Definition of recapitulation

: the supposed repetition in the development of the individual of its phylogenetic history — see recapitulation theory

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