Repay vs Restitute - What's the difference?

repay | restitute |


As verbs the difference between repay and restitute

is that repay is to pay back while restitute is to restore (something) to its former condition.

As a noun restitute is

that which is restored or offered in place of something; a substitute.

repay

English

Verb

  • To pay back.
  • I finally repaid my student loans, just before sending my kids to college.

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    restitute

    English

    Verb

    (restitut)
  • To restore (something) to its former condition.
  • To provide recompense for (something).
  • * 1922 , , Ulysses , episode 17:
  • . . . when Frederick M. (Bantam) Lyons had rapidly and successively requested, perused and restituted the copy of the current issue of the Freeman's Journal and National Press which he had been about to throw away (subsequently thrown away), he had proceeded towards the oriental edifice of the Turkish and Warm Baths. . . .
  • * 1966 , , Incest (1993 edition), ISBN 9780156443005, p. 28:
  • What I spill in talk or acts rarely is restituted in writing.
  • * 1980 , , Wallace Stevens: The Poems of Our Climate , ISBN 9780801491856, p. 266:
  • [W]hat it represents is the inability of language to restitute the loss of memory.
  • To refund.
  • * 2004 , , Private Sector , ISBN 9780446613934, p. 31:
  • We were even ordered to restitute the legal costs of the defendants.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • That which is restored or offered in place of something; a substitute.
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