capitulation

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.

Primary Meanings of capitulation

1.
n
the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions)
2.
n
a summary that enumerates the main parts of a topic
Full Definitions of capitulation
1

n the act of surrendering (usually under agreed conditions)

“they were protected until the capitulation of the fort”
Synonyms:
fall, surrender
Type of:
loss
the act of losing someone or something

n a document containing the terms of surrender

Type of:
document, papers, written document
writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
2

n a summary that enumerates the main parts of a topic

Types:
recap, recapitulation, review
a summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion
epanodos
recapitulation of the main ideas of a speech (especially in reverse order)
Type of:
sum-up, summary
a brief statement that presents the main points in a concise form

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