Definitions for restitutionˌrɛs tɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

res•ti•tu•tion*ˌrɛs tɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-(n.)

  1. reparation made by giving an equivalent or compensation for loss, damage, or injury caused.

  2. the restoration of property or rights previously taken away, conveyed, or surrendered.

  3. restoration to the former or original state or position.

* Syn: See redress.

Origin of restitution:

1350–1400; ME restitucioun < OF restitution < L restitūtiō rebuilding, restoration


Princeton's WordNet

  1. damages, amends, indemnity, indemnification, restitution, redress(noun)

    a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury

  2. restitution(noun)

    the act of restoring something to its original state

  3. restitution, return, restoration, regaining(noun)

    getting something back again

    "upon the restitution of the book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue lashing"


  1. restitution(Noun)

    A process of compensation for losses.

  2. restitution(Noun)

    The act of making good or compensating for loss or injury.

  3. restitution(Noun)

    A return or restoration to a previous condition or position.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Restitution

    the act of restoring anything to its rightful owner, or of making good, or of giving an equivalent for any loss, damage, or injury; indemnification

  2. Restitution

    that which is offered or given in return for what has been lost, injured, or destroved; compensation

  3. Restitution

    the act of returning to, or recovering, a former state; as, the restitution of an elastic body

  4. Restitution

    the movement of rotetion which usually occurs in childbirth after the head has been delivered, and which causes the latter to point towards the side to which it was directed at the beginning of labor


  1. Restitution

    The law of restitution is the law of gains-based recovery. It is to be contrasted with the law of compensation, which is the law of loss-based recovery. Obligations to make restitution and obligations to pay compensation are each a type of legal response to events in the real world. When a court orders restitution it orders the defendant to give up his gains to the claimant. When a court orders compensation it orders the defendant to compensate the claimant for his or her loss. This type of damages restores the benefit conferred to the non-breaching party . Simply, the plaintiff will get the value of whatever was conferred to the defendant when there was a contract. There are two general limits to recovery, which is that a complete breach of contract is needed, and the damages will be capped at the contract price if the restitution damages exceed it. The orthodox view suggests that there is only one principle on which the law of restitution is dependent, namely the principle of unjust enrichment. However, the view that restitution, like other legal responses, can be triggered by any one of a variety of causative events is increasingly prevalent. These are events in the real world which trigger a legal response. It is beyond doubt that unjust enrichment and wrongs can trigger an obligation to make restitution. Certain commentators propose that there is a third basis for restitution, namely the vindication of property rights with which the defendant has interfered. It is arguable that other types of causative event can also trigger an obligation to make restitution.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. restitution

    The process of determining the true planimetric position of objects whose images appear on photographs.

Translations for restitution

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of giving back to a person etc what has been taken away, or the giving of money etc to pay for damage, loss or injury.

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