Definition of restitution noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌrestɪˈtjuːʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌrestɪˈtuːʃn//
    [uncountable] restitution (of something) (to somebody/something)
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  1. 1(formal) the act of giving back something that was lost or stolen to its owner synonym restoration the restitution of property seized under Communist rule
  2. 2(law) payment, usually money, for some harm or wrong that somebody has suffered to make restitution for the damage caused The company has a legal duty to make restitution to passengers for any inconvenience caused.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, or from Latin restitutio(n-), from restituere ‘restore’, from re- ‘again’ + statuere ‘establish’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: restitution