restitution

noun
res·​ti·​tu·​tion | \ ˌre-stə-ˈtü-shən How to pronounce restitution (audio) , -ˈtyü-\

Definition of restitution

1 : an act of restoring or a condition of being restored: such as
a : a restoration of something to its rightful owner
b : a making good of or giving an equivalent for some injury
2 : a legal action serving to cause restoration of a previous state

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Examples of restitution in a Sentence

the restitution of her stolen property He was ordered to make restitution to the victim.

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The court ordered Comcast to refund affected consumers, and pay 12 percent interest on the restitution. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast broke law 445,000 times in scheme to inflate bills, judge finds," 7 June 2019 But fuller restitution came in December 2018, when Dunham guest-edited the Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment issue and included in it a 1,400-word mea culpa. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Aurora Perrineau Wanted to Be Known as an Actor. Instead, Her Name Got Dragged Into Scandal," 21 May 2019 The New York attorney general is continuing to seek financial restitution to the tune of $2.8 million, plus additional penalties, and the office is asking the court to bar Trump from serving in New York nonprofit organizations for 10 years. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump Foundation shuts down amid lawsuit alleging a “shocking pattern of illegality”," 18 Dec. 2018 The one filed on Wednesday is more about restitution. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Faraday Future employees sue investor over ‘conspiracy’ to destroy the EV startup," 14 Nov. 2018 Gleason also ordered Elze to pay $8,385.82 in restitution to the Campbell Creek Science Center. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska man sentenced for stealing fossilized mammoth tusk," 11 Apr. 2019 De Sousa’s lawyer said his client has cashed in retirement savings to pay for restitution. David Mcfadden, The Seattle Times, "Ex-police boss gets 10-month prison sentence for tax fraud," 29 Mar. 2019 After a complaint is filed, a hearing officer conducts a 30-day investigation to ensure the allegation is covered under the law and could qualify for restitution. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Sexual Harassment on the Hill," 28 Dec. 2018 Customers would have two years to file a claim for restitution. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Time is running out for dieselgate Volkswagen owners to get their money," 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of restitution

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for restitution

Middle English restitucioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin restitution-, restitutio, from restituere to restore, from re- + statuere to set up — more at statute

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restitution

noun

English Language Learners Definition of restitution

formal
: the act of returning something that was lost or stolen to its owner
: payment that is made to someone for damage, trouble, etc.

restitution

noun
res·​ti·​tu·​tion | \ ˌres-tə-ˈtü-shən, -ˈtyü- How to pronounce restitution (audio) \

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

Other Words from restitution

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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