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restitution n

1 a : a restoration of something to its rightful owner
b : a making good of or giving an equivalent for some injury
2 a : the equitable remedy of restoring to an aggrieved party that which was obtained in unjust enrichment
b : a remedy for breach of contract that consists of restoring the aggrieved party to the status quo that existed before the contract was made
3 : an amount to be paid for the purpose of restitution [ordered to pay to the victim of his crime] compare fine
res·ti·tu·tion·al [res-tə-tü-shə-nəl, -tyü-]

res·ti·tu·tion·ary [res-tə-tü-shə-ner-ē, -tyü-]

res·ti·tu·tive [res-tə-tü-tiv, -tyü-]

res·ti·tu·to·ry [res-tə-tü-tə-rē, -tyü-; rə-sti-tyə-tōr-ē]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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