|1.||the act of giving back something that has been lost or stolen|
|2.||law the act of compensating for loss or injury by reverting as far as possible to the position before such injury occurred|
|3.||the return of an object or system to its original state, esp a restoration of shape after elastic deformation|
|[C13: from Latin rēstitūtiō, from rēstituere to rebuild, from |
restitution res·ti·tu·tion (rěs'tĭ-tōō'shən, -tyōō'-)
A return to or restoration of a previous state or position, especially the return of the rotated head of a fetus to its natural alignment with the body after delivery.