restitution

noun
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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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 Congress should give the SEC the authority to seek restitution for investors’ losses in those circumstances, Mr. Clayton said. Dave Michaels, WSJ, "SEC Wants More Power to Get Funds Back for Bilked Investors," 21 June 2018 The Justice Association effort was formed to seek restitution for financial impacts the company ties in part to the prosecution, including 800 Suarez job losses and 2,000 job losses at Suarez suppliers, the memo says. Washington Post, "Convicted Republican businessman’s company targets Democrats," 20 June 2018 Other German business dynasties whose fortunes partly stem from the Nazi era, such as the Quandts and the Oetkers—and even some Flick family members—have made some form of restitution for using slave labor. Bloomberg, Time, "The Nazi Shadow Behind the World's Youngest Billionaires," 7 May 2018 The government is seeking almost $74 million from Cadden in restitution for the victims. Maria Cramer, BostonGlobe.com, "Evidence of dozens of deaths ‘irrelevant’ for meningitis jury, defendants argue," 1 May 2018 Former Alabama House Majority Leader Micky Hammon of Decatur was sentenced to three months in prison today and ordered to pay $50,657 in restitution for converting campaign contributions to personal use. Mike Cason, AL.com, "Former Alabama House majority leader sentenced to 3 months in prison," 15 Feb. 2018 How the government agency will calculate restitution for each victim remains to be seen. Danny Cevallos, NBC News, "What the NY AG must do to prove ‘pervasive sexual harassment’ by Weinstein," 12 Feb. 2018 Each pleaded guilty to federal money-laundering conspiracy charges and were ordered to split the cost of restitution, according to an affidavit. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Key witness in casino fraud case found dead in creek," 13 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

: 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- \

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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