Definition of restitution in English:


Pronunciation /ˌrestəˈt(y)o͞oSH(ə)n/ /ˌrɛstəˈt(j)uʃ(ə)n/

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  • 1The restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner.

    ‘the ANC had demanded the restitution of land seized from black people’
    • ‘There has been a strong move towards redistribution of land and restitution of land rights that were taken away from large numbers of people during the days of the apartheid policy of moving blacks from white areas to black homelands.’
    • ‘The convent thus entered into an additional case with the inheritors of Teresa de Figueroa's estate, seeking the eventual restitution of amounts that her nieces and nephews claimed.’
    • ‘After the democratic transformation of 1994, programs for land restitution, redistribution, and reform were instituted, but progress has been slow.’
    • ‘However, the restitution to their original owners of ceramics in public collections that had been expropriated at the time of World War II has brought a welcome number of highly important pieces to the market.’
    • ‘While in recent years land rights and native title legislation have seen the return of much land to Indigenous Australians, there has been little restitution of commercially valuable property rights in resources.’
    • ‘If money was stolen, for example, restitution might be a possibility.’
    • ‘Widows seeking the restitution of their dowries after their husbands died, for example, frequently litigated in the secular courts.’
    • ‘If the private property of an individual was stolen, the thief had to make a tenfold restitution.’
    • ‘A claim for judicial review may include a claim for damages, restitution or the recovery of a sum due but may not seek such a remedy alone.’
    return, restoration, handing back, replacement, surrender, yielding, recovery
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  • 2Recompense for injury or loss.

    ‘he was ordered to pay $6,000 in restitution’
    • ‘Win is luckier in that the constable's search reveals her stolen property; poor Frances has only promises of gifts toward her loss by her employers and the hopes of restitution by the Lord Justices whom she is petitioning.’
    • ‘However, in the highlands, where there is little cultivated land, privatization may entail restitution, as families respect traditional ownership.’
    • ‘Since such legislation is not compatible, in my view, with Community law, they should, in principle, be entitled to seek restitution for those payments.’
    • ‘Before deciding which dealers to pursue, staff members consider the severity of the case, the costs and the likelihood of collecting penalties and restitution.’
    • ‘Although restitution or compensation is not explicitly mentioned, this is implied by the use of the word ‘equitable’.’
    • ‘The result is likely to be disgorgement of significant amounts of money as restitution, says one official.’
    • ‘In July 1999 a claim was made to the Tate by the widow's two sons and daughter, asking for compensation, not restitution.’
    • ‘And it includes restitution from corporations and public entities that profited from the business of slavery.’
    • ‘Having a neutral third party investigate the facts and decide what punishment or restitution should be made is a way to try to get justice in punishment or restitution, but it's neither the only way to get it nor guaranteed to get it.’
    • ‘In serious disputes between families, heads of the involved kinship groups or local political leaders negotiate and the offending party is required to make restitution in money and/or land.’
    • ‘Condo developers are often set up to go out of business once a project is complete, too, leaving the design professional as the only source of restitution for design and performance deficiencies.’
    • ‘Shareholders will receive $4.9 million in restitution and interest, with the remainder covering penalties.’
    • ‘He advocated leniency towards those found guilty of misdemeanours; they were to make restitution, but only the most serious cases were to be dealt with by law, leaving the rest to village opinion.’
    • ‘However, the prosecution managed to talk the court into awarding restitution for the damages that would have been incurred if he'd succeeded.’
    • ‘Firstly, restitution of previously misappropriated assets provides a strong deterrent to future malfeasance.’
    • ‘However, we were told that you would make full restitution for the damage you have caused to us and, if that is the case, we are not unwilling to let bygones be bygones.’
    • ‘Because the packaging was not up to par, the shipper did not see one cent in restitution.’
    • ‘Had Jerod really demanded that Dennis MacArthur make restitution for getting carried away teasing me - by taking me out to dinner?’
    • ‘When a law was broken, society sought restitution for the grieved party, even if a slave.’
    • ‘He had to maintain a clean record, maintain a job, pay restitution to the owners of the buildings he had burned down, and have absolutely no contact with Sheridan Ryan.’
    compensation, recompense, reparation, damages, indemnification, indemnity, reimbursement, repayment, remuneration, reward, redress, satisfaction
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  • 3The restoration of something to its original state.

    ‘restitution of the damaged mucosa’
    • ‘The central action of the play celebrates the marriage of Ferdinand and Miranda as the instrument of dynastic restitution that accords with their desires.’
    • ‘The gold-mining industry, powerhouse of early twentieth-century growth, was constrained by the restitution of a fixed price for gold against the dollar after the war.’
    1. 3.1Physics The resumption of an object's original shape or position through elastic recoil.
      ‘the coefficient of restitution’
      • ‘In this research, values for the elastic coefficient of restitution for components of a molasse conglomerate were measured using a newly developed drop-test apparatus.’
      • ‘When a ball hits the racket at its point of maximum restitution (CoR) the rebound velocity of the ball will be highest.’


Middle English from Old French, or from Latin restitutio(n-), from restituere ‘restore’, from re- ‘again’ + statuere ‘establish’.