res·ti·tu·tion | \ ˌre-stə-ˈtü-shən , -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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Neither Isaac Grossman nor London Metals has paid $121,665.75 in customer restitution the Commodity Futures Trading Commission ordered in the September 2013 case, according to the SEC lawsuit. David Lyons,, "SEC alleges Parkland couple's online shopping business committed stock fraud," 12 June 2018 Edwards faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines when he's sentenced later, as well as mandatory restitution to Smith. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "White S.C. restaurant manager pleads guilty to enslaving mentally disabled black worker," 7 June 2018 In addition to the restitution, Dreyfus also ordered that Holland, 59, refrain from contacting any of the victim’s family members, according to court records. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Holland ordered to pay $6,500 in restitution after hatchet killing," 13 July 2018 Beyond the restitution, the foundation and its directors could face several million dollars in additional penalties, depending on how the court rules. Danny Hakim, New York Times, "New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation After 2-Year Investigation," 14 June 2018 Meyer ordered Lieberman to pay $5,301,694 in restitution to the victims of the fraud scheme, and $436,235 to the IRS. Courant Staff Report,, "Conspirator In $20 Million Pump-And-Dump Scheme Gets 7 Years," 13 July 2018 Zarate was also ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution to the victims. Staff Report, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin man gets 28 years for beating that left victims with broken teeth, permanent scars," 12 July 2018 The former deputy entered a plea agreement on June 18 and was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to 100 hours of community service and must pay $2,400 in restitution to Shehata. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Former Orange deputy pleads guilty to stealing cash, credit cards from drug suspect, court records show," 11 July 2018 Douglas Swenson was earlier ordered to pay $180.6 million in restitution. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Meridian businessmen who led fraud scheme that hurt 8,500 investors imprisoned at last," 10 July 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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English Language Learners 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.


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

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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