AskDefine | Define recapitulation

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1 emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species [syn: palingenesis] [ant: cenogenesis]
2 a section of a musical composition or movement in which themes introduced earlier are repeated
3 a summary at the end that repeats the substance of a longer discussion [syn: recap, review]

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From recapitulacion (modern: récapitulation), from recapitulationem, from recapitulatio, -onis, from recapitulare (with English -ate), from re- "again, back" + capitulum "chapter, section", diminutive of caput, capitis "head"


Syllables: re·ca·pit·u·la·tion AHD: re·kə·pĭch·ə·lāʹshən IPA: ɹiː.kəˌpɪtʃ.əˈleɪ.ʃən


  1. The brief recitement of the major points in a narrative, article, or book. Summary.
  2. The third major section of a musical movement written in sonata form, representing thematic material that originally appeared in the exposition section.
  3. The reenactment of the embryonic development in evolution of the species.

Related terms


the brief recitement of the major points
music: the third major section of a musical movement
biology: the reenactment of the embryonic development

Extensive Definition

The word recapitulation can mean:

See also

recapitulation in Bulgarian: Рекапитулация

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