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
Examples of recapitulation in a Sentence
will begin his presentation with a recapitulation of the research done on the disease up to this point
Recent Examples of recapitulation from the Web
Recapitulations of plot are often dull as oats, but this novel, which took top prize at this year’s British Book Awards, spills over with so much intrigue that a plot summary can’t be helped, nor should potential readers be spared the pleasure.
Yet this book, which seems to want to be ferocious and bracing, feels like a competent arm's-length recapitulation.
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