Definition of capitulation in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action of ceasing to resist an opponent or demand.

    ‘she gave a sigh of capitulation’
    count noun ‘a capitulation to wage demands’
    • ‘What is called for in this matter is neither war nor capitulation.’
    • ‘What it says seems rather to indicate a more general capitulation among many so-called left of centre bloggers and journalists.’
    • ‘Fighting ceased on October 2 with the formal capitulation of the Home Army forces.’
    • ‘In the military sense capitulation provides a means to end conflict, either at local or a wider level.’
    • ‘Both assumptions have always been dubious, and are even more so after last week's capitulation.’
    • ‘Finally, Stalin promised Soviet entry into the war with Japan around three months after German capitulation.’
    • ‘Simply put, some investors believe that true capitulation is the sign of a bottom.’
    • ‘The tenor of the campaign revealed a determination to achieve capitulation, not compromise.’
    • ‘There is no compromise with such an enemy, no capitulation to him, no way to avoid casualties, no easy way out.’
    • ‘The Americans have stopped pretending, and now demand outright capitulation to its hegemony.’
    • ‘Let's not assume that calls for other than military solutions are capitulation to terrorism.’
    • ‘The capitulation of the left on economic growth parallels its defeat and marginalisation in political struggles.’
    • ‘There are some signs of at least partial capitulation to the merchants by the clearance provider.’
    • ‘All around the world, Britain's defeat or capitulation was expected within weeks.’
    • ‘But there was also boundless sympathy for Norman, whose extraordinary capitulation lived with him long after.’
    • ‘Historically, such a profoundly submissive capitulation, as took place in the Soviet case, was a rarity.’
    • ‘We are dealing with an absolutist culture that demands total capitulation or nothing.’
    • ‘Should we be surprised by the extent of England's capitulation?’
    • ‘It's the way to confound those who cynically try to use ‘inactivity by the members’ as an excuse for capitulation.’
    • ‘They nearly enveloped it, which would have led to immediate capitulation of the English at Quebec.’
    surrender, submission, yielding, giving in, succumbing, acquiescence, laying down of arms
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    1. 1.1capitulationshistorical An agreement or set of conditions.
      • ‘If these capitulations contain conditions which curtail the jurisdiction or the prerogatives of the bishop, the privileges of the diocese, or the like, then they do not bind the candidate-elect.’
      • ‘Capitulations were abolished in Turkey in 1923 and in Egypt in 1937.’