Definitions for compensatorykəmˈpɛn səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i; ˈkɒm pənˌseɪ tɪv, kəmˈpɛn sə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•pen•sateˈkɒm pənˌseɪt(v.)-sat•ed, -sat•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to recompense for something; pay:

    Let me compensate you for your trouble.

  2. to counterbalance; offset; make up for:

    He compensated his homeliness with personal charm.

  3. to counterbalance (a mechanical force), as by adjusting a mechanism to offset variations or produce equilibrium.

    Category: Mechanics

  4. (v.i.)to provide or be an equivalent; make up; make amends (usu. fol. by for):

    Apologies will not compensate for this damage.

  5. to develop or employ mechanisms of psychological compensation.

    Category: Psychology

Origin of compensate:

1640–50; < L compēnsātus, ptp. of compēnsāre to counterbalance, offset = com- com - + pēnsāre to weigh out, freq. of pendere to weigh

com•pen•sa•to•rykəmˈpɛn səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i; ˈkɒm pənˌseɪ tɪv, kəmˈpɛn sə-(adj.)


  1. compensatory(Adjective)

    That compensates, or serves as compensation

Webster Dictionary

  1. Compensatory(adj)

    serving for compensation; making amends

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