Pronunciation: (res"ti-tOO'shun, -tyOO'-), [key]
1. reparation made by giving an equivalent or compensation for loss, damage, or injury caused; indemnification.
2. the restoration of property or rights previously taken away, conveyed, or surrendered.
3. restoration to the former or original state or position.
4. Physics.the return to an original physical condition, esp. after elastic deformation.
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