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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He also was ordered to pay $2,600 in restitution for the killing of two grizzly bears. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska guide pleads guilty to herding bears toward clients," 8 Jan. 2019 Arpaio was clearly guilty and hadn’t done anything to demonstrate remorse or make restitution. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s talk of pardoning Manafort is a clear abuse of power," 29 Nov. 2018 White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah, however, said that D'Souza had made restitution and accepted responsibility for his actions. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump has many motivations -- but power rules them all," 1 June 2018 The proceeds of the sale, which was handled by the U.S. Marshals Service, went toward restitution for the victims of Mr. Madoff’s notorious Ponzi scheme. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Bernie Madoff’s Former Beach House to List for $21 Million," 11 Apr. 2018 Started in 1921 by missionary Frank Buchman, the Oxford Group was a Christian evangelical movement that promoted confession of one’s sins, restitution for harms caused, frequent meditation and unselfish service to others. Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, "Lost for decades, the Alcoholics Anonymous original manuscript will be auctioned for millions," 9 Mar. 2018 Underwood is continuing to seek more than $2.8 million in restitution and has asked a judge to ban the Trumps temporarily from serving on the boards of other New York nonprofit organizations. David A. Fahrenthold, The Seattle Times, "Trump to shut down charity after lawsuit said he used it for personal and political benefit," 18 Dec. 2018 He was arrested in the U.S. and sentenced to about a year in prison and fined about $4.5 million in restitution after admitting to taking payoffs from suppliers. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple Investigated Possible Business Misconduct in Its Supply Chain," 30 Nov. 2018 The utility later agreed to plead guilty to nine Clean Water Act violations and pay $102 million in fines and restitution for illegally discharging pollution from ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Duke says its data show no harm from flooded coal ash dump," 24 Sep. 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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