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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Despite those findings, Marra said in his decision Monday, the Crime Victims’ Rights Act did not authorize an award of restitution to the women., "A federal judge in West Palm Beach, Fla., ruled that the women were not entitled to compensation from the US Justice Department, even though prosecutors violated their rights by failing to consult them about the 2008 deal to end a federal probe that could have landed Epstein in prison for life.," 17 Sep. 2019 Losses totaled more than $812,000, and all of the women were ordered to repay that much or more in restitution for a con that officials said involved hundreds of credit cards. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Two women sentenced to federal prison in $800K ripoff of elderly," 7 Sep. 2019 The amount of restitution has yet to be determined, officials said. Lauren Hernández,, "Aptos camp counselor sentenced to 30 years in prison for producing child porn," 10 July 2019 Among the options would be to have a victim forgive the repayment of restitution or to have a judge convert financial obligations to community service. David Fischer,, "Florida governor signs bill restricting felon voting rights after voters pass referendum in support of re-enfranchisement," 29 June 2019 The amount of restitution is unknown at this time, but is expected to be significant. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast broke law 445,000 times in scheme to inflate bills, judge finds," 7 June 2019 Yet according to legislation passed in 1994, they are entitled to restitution of mobile property, as well as the payment of compensation. The Economist, "The Kaiser’s family’s claims for restitution provoke a backlash," 1 Aug. 2019 Sanchez was ordered by Thompson to pay $3,750 restitution to his first victim and $3,900 to his second victim. Kathleen Mcwilliams,, "Hartford man sentenced to 11 years in prison for sex trafficking minors," 1 July 2019 But as Javier Pes of Artnet News points out, Hunt has stopped short of offering a complete restitution of the contentious objects. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "London Museum Says It’s Willing to Return Looted Ethiopian Artifacts on Long-Term Loan," 9 Apr. 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- 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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