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Definitions for restitution
ˌrɛs tɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-resti·tu·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. damages, amends, indemnity, indemnification, restitution, redressnoun

    a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury

  2. restitutionnoun

    the act of restoring something to its original state

  3. restitution, return, restoration, regainingnoun

    getting something back again

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


  1. restitutionnoun

    A process of compensation for losses.

  2. restitutionnoun

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

  3. restitutionnoun

    A return or restoration to a previous condition or position.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Restitutionnoun

    Etymology: restitutio, Lat.

    To subdue an usurper, should be no unjust enterprise or wrongful war, but a restitution of ancient rights unto the crown of England, from whence they were most unjustly expelled and long kept out. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    He would pawn his fortunes
    To hopeless restitution, so he might
    Be call’d your vanquisher. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Now is Cupid a child of conscience, he makes restitution. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    He restitution to the value makes;
    Nor joy in his extorted treasure takes. George Sandys.

    Whosoever is an effective real cause of doing a neighbour wrong, by what instrument soever he does it, is bound to make restitution. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of Living Holy.

    In case our offence against God hath been complicated with injury to men, it is but reasonable we should make restitution. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    A great man, who has never been known willingly to pay a just debt, ought not all of a sudden to be introduced, making restitution of thousands he has cheated: let it suffice to pay twenty pounds to a friend, who has lost his note. Arbuth.

    In the woody parts of plants, which are their bones, the principles are so compounded, as to make them flexible without joints, and also elastick; that so their roots may yield to stones, and their trunks to the wind, with a power of restitution. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol.


  1. Restitution

    The law of restitution is the law of gains-based recovery, in which a court orders the defendant to give up their gains to the claimant. It should be contrasted with the law of compensation, the law of loss-based recovery, in which a court orders the defendant to pay the claimant for their loss.


  1. restitution

    Restitution is the act of restoring something lost or stolen to its rightful owner or compensating for loss, damage, or injury caused. It also refers to the legal process of returning a person or thing to their original condition or position, often in the context of civil or criminal law, where the offender is required to make up for the harm caused.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Restitution

    res-ti-tū′shun, n. act of restoring what was lost or taken away: indemnification: making good: (law) the restoration of what a party had gained by a judgment.—v.t. Res′titūte (obs.), to restore.—adj. Res′titūtive.—n. Res′titūtor. [L. restitutiorestituĕre, to set up again—re-, again, statuĕre, to make to stand.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. restitution

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of restitution in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of restitution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of restitution in a Sentence

  1. Ron DeSantis:

    The only reason you're paying restitution is because you were convicted of a felony.

  2. Alex Acosta:

    I understand the frustration, i think it's important to understand that he was going to get off with no jail time or restitution. It was the work of our office that resulted in him going to jail.

  3. Alexandra Brodsky:

    There are survivors who find meaning in the criminal justice system, but I think that for many, the chance to have control over a case, to stand up in court, to receive financial restitution from the person who wronged them can be very meaningful to them.

  4. Ricardo Sabogal:

    We announce we are entering those municipalities hardest hit by violence, it's a huge challenge in terms of restitution and we will do justice in the heart of areas where people were forced to abandon their lands and were dispossessed of their lands by the FARC.

  5. Ron DeSantis:

    The only reason Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis're paying restitution is because Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis were convicted of a felony.

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  • تعويArabic
  • tilbageleveringDanish
  • Entschädigung, RückerstattungGerman
  • restituciónSpanish
  • korjaaminen, palauttaminen, korvaaminen, palautuminenFinnish
  • restitutionFrench
  • 반환Korean
  • restituereLatin
  • teruggaveDutch
  • restituiçãoPortuguese
  • [[восстановление]] [[в]] [[право, реституция, [[восстановление]] [[прежний, возврат, возмещение, [[восстановление]] [[состояние, [[возмещение]] [[убытокRussian

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