Definition of restitution in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrestəˈt(y)o͞oSH(ə)n/


1The restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner: seeking the restitution of land taken from blacks under apartheid
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  • 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.
return, restoration, handing back, surrender
2Recompense for injury or loss: he was ordered to pay $6,000 in restitution
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  • 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.
compensation, recompense, reparation, damages, indemnification, indemnity, reimbursement, repayment, redress, remuneration
3The restoration of something to its original state: restitution of the damaged mucosa
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  • 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.
3.1 Physics The resumption of an object’s original shape or position through elastic recoil.
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  • 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.



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  • The action is not restitutionary; the claimant seeks compensation for wrongdoing.
  • Broadly speaking, the entire field of liability may be divided according to its purposes into criminal, tortious, contractual and restitutionary.
  • There is certainly no principle that, for public policy reasons or for other reasons, there can never be restitutionary claims for recovery of taxes wrongly paid.


Pronunciation: /ˈrestəˌt(y)o͞otiv/
Example sentences
  • The other type - restitutive - applies instead when the norm violated does not express, and is not backed by, strong and universally felt sentiments, but is intended chiefly to protect the private interests of individuals.
  • As an aside, it is interesting to note that this tendency towards punitive justice has been accompanied by a growth in restitutive punishments, such as community service orders, statutory fines, and fiscal fines.
  • Anglo-Saxon law codes suggest a restitutive system, essentially a regulation of the feud.


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

  • constitution from Middle English:

    A constitution once referred to a law, as well as to a body of laws or customs. It comes from Latin constituere ‘establish, appoint’ from con- ‘together’ and statuere ‘set up, place’. The latter is a rich source of English words including destitute (Late Middle English) literally ‘placed away’ so forsaken; institute (Middle English) something set up or established; restitution (Middle English) a re-establishing; statue (Middle English) something set up; and substitute (Late Middle English) someone set up instead of another. Prostitute (mid 16th century) comes from Latin prostituere ‘expose publicly, offer for sale’, from pro- ‘before’ and statuere ‘set up, place’.

Words that rhyme with restitution

ablution, absolution, allocution, attribution, circumlocution, circumvolution, Confucian, constitution, contribution, convolution, counter-revolution, destitution, dilution, diminution, distribution, electrocution, elocution, evolution, execution, institution, interlocution, irresolution, Lilliputian, locution, perlocution, persecution, pollution, prosecution, prostitution, retribution, Rosicrucian, solution, substitution, volution

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Syllabification: res·ti·tu·tion

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