restitution

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

Definition of restitution

  1. 1 :  an act of restoring or a condition of being restored: such asa :  a restoration of something to its rightful ownerb :  a making good of or giving an equivalent for some injury

  2. 2 :  a legal action serving to cause restoration of a previous state

Examples of restitution in a Sentence

  1. the restitution of her stolen property

  2. He was ordered to make restitution to the victim.

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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


RESTITUTION Defined for English Language Learners

restitution

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Definition of restitution for English Language Learners

  • : the act of returning something that was lost or stolen to its owner

  • : payment that is made to someone for damage, trouble, etc.


Law Dictionary

restitution

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

Legal Definition of restitution

  1. 1a :  a restoration of something to its rightful owner b :  a making good of or giving an equivalent for some injury

  2. 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. 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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