Simple Definition of restitution
: the act of returning something that was lost or stolen to its owner
: payment that is made to someone for damage, trouble, etc.
Examples of restitution in a sentence
the restitution of her stolen property
He was ordered to make restitution to the victim.
Origin and Etymology of restitution
Middle English restitucioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin restitution-, restitutio, from restituere to restore, from re- + statuere to set up — more at statute
First Known Use: 14th century
Legal Definition of restitution
1a : a restoration of something to its rightful owner b : a making good of or giving an equivalent for some injury
2a : the equitable remedy of restoring to an aggrieved party that which was obtained in unjust enrichment b : a remedy for breach of contract that consists of restoring the aggrieved party to the status quo that existed before the contract was made
3 : an amount to be paid for the purpose of restitution <ordered to pay restitution to the victim of his crime> — compare fine
restitutional\ˌres-tə-ˈtü-shə-nəl, -ˈtyü-\ adjective
restitutionary\ˌres-tə-ˈtü-shə-ˌner-ē, -ˈtyü-\ adjective
restitutive\ˈres-tə-ˌtü-tiv, -ˌtyü-\ adjective
restitutory\ˌres-tə-ˈtü-tə-rē, -ˈtyü-; rə-ˈsti-tyə-ˌtōr-ē\ adjective
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