- 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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- 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 restitutive
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.