Capitulation is the act of surrendering or giving up. If you enter a pie eating contest when you're already full, you'll probably have to end up in a state of capitulation.

The original meaning of capitulation is "the formal terms of surrender between governments." The word comes from the Latin capitulāre, with a root in capital, or "the head of state." You can use capitulation for any act of surrender. If you're stuck in an endless argument with your neighbor over the exact boundary between your properties, only the original deeds to the land will bring about a capitulation.

Definitions of capitulation
  1. noun
    the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions)
    “they were protected until the capitulation of the fort”
    synonyms: fall, surrender
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    type of:
    the act of losing someone or something
  2. noun
    a document containing the terms of surrender
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    type of:
    document, papers, written document
    writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
  3. noun
    a summary that enumerates the main parts of a topic
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    recap, recapitulation, review
    a summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion
    recapitulation of the main ideas of a speech (especially in reverse order)
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    sum-up, summary
    a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form
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