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

Examples of restitution in a Sentence

the restitution of her stolen property He was ordered to make restitution to the victim.
Recent Examples on the Web Carmita Coleman, 50, of the 19900 block of Edinburgh Lane, was also ordered Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly to pay more than $490,000 in restitution, but Coleman and her husband in February filed for bankruptcy. Mike Nolan, Chicago Tribune, 6 May 2022 As part of the plea deal, Vincent will pay $500 in restitution, according to court documents. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 5 May 2022 According to Zeta, a Tijuana news site, Maldonado scored a win in the case just last week, with the media company ordered to pay her restitution. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2022 Despite having more than $21,000 transferred to his account since 2013, prosecutors said Tsarnaev has only paid a little over $2,000 toward restitution. Taylor Romine, CNN, 6 Jan. 2022 The culprits in this crime, and the entities that by all rights should pay for its restitution, are the fossil fuel companies, and the oil majors in particular. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, 30 Aug. 2021 Almost since their looting, demands for their restitution have been made by Nigeria and other African states. Jürgen Zimmerer, Quartz, 4 Aug. 2021 Ohio law requires any money left in the public pension account of someone convicted of theft in office to go toward restitution. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 3 Aug. 2021 Kayan Frazier, 29, of Somers Point will also have to pay his victim restitution under the 250-month sentence imposed Tuesday, although the amount has not yet been determined. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 July 2021 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Restitution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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