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restitution

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noun res·ti·tu·tion \ˌres-tə-ˈtü-shən, -ˈtyü-\

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.

Full Definition of restitution

  1. 1 :  an act of restoring or a condition of being restored: as a :  a restoration of something to its rightful owner b :  a making good of or giving an equivalent for some injury

  2. 2 :  a legal action serving to cause restoration of a previous state

Examples of restitution

  1. the restitution of her stolen property

  2. He was ordered to make restitution to the victim.



Origin 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



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