Amount paid by an offender on the orders of a court in (1) returning a thing to its lawful owner, (2) restoring a damaged property to its original state, or (3) compensating the victim(s) of his or her wrong doing.

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  • The criminal was ordered to pay restitution to the family for stealing/destroying their possessions while ransacking the said families property.

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  • After the judge ruled against him and levied a small fine as restitution, Jack scrimped and saved to pay it as quickly as he could.

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  • After the judge found her guilty of vandalism, as restitution she was ordered to repaint the graffiti covered wall and pay the shop owner for lost revenue.

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