One possible usage of the word is
As ____ for stealing the house, he made them chocolate cookies

It's a word for something positive/good that you do to right a prior wrong you may have committed.

The word probably starts with 'r'. It's a single word. And if I recall right, it's an -ion abstract noun.

Edit: The word might be used in religious contexts too.
As ___ for his mistakes, he planted a tree.

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    Are you looking for "recompense"? – Dan Bron Apr 7 '15 at 13:40
  • Pretty sure 'restitution' is what you're thinking of – Tushar Raj Apr 7 '15 at 13:49
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    The word for an expression of repentance is penance. "For your penance, say three 'Our Father's, three 'Hail Mary's, and a good 'Act of Contrition'." The issue of recompense is separate. – John Lawler Apr 7 '15 at 14:26
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    i got to 'retribution' - you haven't stated as to whether the punishment was self-inflicted – JMP Apr 7 '15 at 16:37
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    Ah, specific versus non-specific indefinites. She's looking for a policeman, but she can't find him (specific); versus She's looking for a policeman, but she can't find one (non-specific). – John Lawler Apr 7 '15 at 17:01

You have a couple of options. Here are the ones that start with "r".

Reparation [rep-uh-rey-shuh n] noun 1. the making of amends for wrong or injury done: reparation for an injustice. 2. compensation in money, material, labor, etc., payable by a defeated country to another country or to an individual for loss suffered during or as a result of war.

Restitution [res-ti-too-shuh n, -tyoo-] noun 1. reparation made by giving an equivalent or compensation for loss, damage, or injury caused; indemnification.

Another option:

Indemnify [in-dem-nuh-fahy] verb (used with object), indemnified, indemnifying. 1. to compensate for damage or loss sustained, expense incurred, etc.

  • I am getting it now, "restitution" seems to work. – Marius Hancu Apr 7 '15 at 13:58

"compensation" comes to mind.

  • "something that is done or given to make up for damage, trouble, something good that acts as a balance against something bad or undesirable." - Merriam-Webster

"As a compensation for stealing, he made them chocolate cookies."

I would also suggest "requital" -

  • "something to make up for loss or damage" TFD

  • "The judge ordered the landlord to pay his former tenants $100,000 each as requital for goods lost or damaged in the apartment fire."

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