- reparation made by giving an equivalent or compensation for loss, damage, or injury caused; indemnification.
- the restoration of property or rights previously taken away, conveyed, or surrendered.
- restoration to the former or original state or position.
- Physics. the return to an original physical condition, especially after elastic deformation.
Origin of restitution
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Examples from the Web for restitution
Serna was sentenced to 121 months in prison for his crimes and ordered to pay $4.6 million in restitution.Ponzi-Scheming Pastor Fleeced His Flock Out of Millions
November 11, 2014
In 1970, and again in 1980, restitution was back on the agenda, and my mother and my aunt reclaimed paintings by Monet and Léger.My Grandfather's War: Recovering the Art the Nazis Stole
October 5, 2014
If they are definitively convicted, they also will share in the responsibility of restitution, whether the house is sold or not.The Perugia House Where Meredith Kercher Was Murdered Is for Sale
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 3, 2014
Sentenced to 180 days in jail; served 30 days with three years probation and $600,000 restitution to Bloom.The Real Bling Ring: Where Are They Now?
May 21, 2013
In 2010, he was ordered to pay more than $790,000 in restitution, and sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.Anti-Muslim Movie Maker a Meth Cooker
September 13, 2012
It is only just that you should make a restitution of the sum which you have taken.Paul Prescott's Charge
To his eyes it looked more like an attempt at restitution than anything else.
Let us hope for a deliverance from his mercy, and wish for restitution in his benevolence.Fox's Book of Martyrs
What restitution could you have made if her back had been permanently injured?Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
It was inexorably opposed to the restitution of church property.The Reign of Mary Tudor
W. Llewelyn Williams.
- the act of giving back something that has been lost or stolen
- law the act of compensating for loss or injury by reverting as far as possible to the position before such injury occurred
- the return of an object or system to its original state, esp a restoration of shape after elastic deformation
Word Origin and History for restitution
early 14c., from Old French restitucion or directly from Latin restitutionem (nominative restitutio) "a restoring," noun of action from past participle stem of restituere "set up again, restore, rebuild, replace, revive, reinstate, re-establish," from re- "again" (see re-) + statuere "to set up," from PIE root *sta- "to stand," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (see stet).
- A return to or restoration of a previous state or position, especially the return of the rotated head of a fetus to its natural alignment with the body after delivery.