Meaning of restitutio in integrum in English:

restitutio in integrum

Pronunciation /rɛstɪˈtjuːtɪəʊ ɪn ɪnˈtɛɡrəm/


mass nounLaw
  • Restoration of an injured party to the situation which would have prevailed had no injury been sustained; restoration to the original or pre-contractual position.

    ‘The relevant principle in the law of tort is restitutio in integrum.’
    • ‘They demand a return to the status quo ante and restitutio in integrum as those matters are understood at common law.’
    • ‘The question would therefore arise whether, in view of the part performance of the Agreements, restitutio in integrum was possible.’
    • ‘The fundamental principle [of the European Court] underlying the award of compensation is that the court should achieve what it describes as restitutio in integrum.’
    • ‘The purpose of an award of interest is to achieve restitutio in integrum.’


Latin, literally ‘restoration to the whole (i.e. uninjured) state’.