The following is a GRE sentence completion question.
In failing to see that the justice's pronouncement merely ______ previous decisions rather than actually establishing a precedent,the novice law clerk overemphasized the scope of the justice's judgement.
The correct answer is 'qualified'. But 'recapitulate' also fits, right?
The judge may summarize (recapitulate) his previous decisions rather than forming new ones or he can qualify them. So why is recapitulate wrong? What is it that makes recapitulate wrong here?