res repetundae (rays rep-[schwa]-t[schwa]n-dee). [Latin “things due to be repaid”] Roman law.

1. Money or things that can be reclaimed by a person who was forced to give them to a public official.

2. The illegal act of forcing someone to give money or things; extortion. — Sometimes (erroneously) shortened to repetundae. See crimen repetundarum under CRIMEN.