res·ti·tu·tion /ˌrɛstəˈtuʃən, ˈtju-/
1. The act of restoring anything to its rightful owner, or of making good, or of giving an equivalent for any loss, damage, or injury; indemnification.
A restitution of ancient rights unto the crown. --Spenser.
He restitution to the value makes. --Sandys.
2. That which is offered or given in return for what has been lost, injured, or destroyed; compensation.
3. Physics The act of returning to, or recovering, a former state; as, the restitution of an elastic body.
4. Med. The movement of rotation which usually occurs in childbirth after the head has been delivered, and which causes the latter to point towards the side to which it was directed at the beginning of labor.
Syn: -- Restoration; return; indemnification; reparation; compensation; amends; remuneration.
n 1: a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury [syn:
damages, amends, indemnity, indemnification, redress]
2: the act of restoring something to its original state
3: getting something back again; "upon the restitution of the
book to its rightful owner the child was given a tongue
lashing" [syn: return, restoration, regaining]