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
Rhymes with restitution
absolution, allocution, attribution, comminution, consecution, constitution, contribution, convolution, destitution, dissolution, distribution, elocution, evolution, execution, exsolution, institution, involution, persecution, prosecution, prostitution, resolution, retribution, revolution, Rosicrucian, substitution
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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