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[kuh m-pen-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kəmˈpɛn səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
serving to compensate, as for loss, lack, or injury.
Also, compensative
[kom-puh n-sey-tiv, kuh m-pen-suh-] /ˈkɒm pənˌseɪ tɪv, kəmˈpɛn sə-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of compensatory
First recorded in 1595-1605; compensate + -ory1
Related forms
noncompensative, adjective
noncompensatory, adjective
recompensatory, adjective
subcompensative, adjective
subcompensatory, adjective
uncompensative, adjective
uncompensatory, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • It is idle to talk of education and civilization and the like as corrective or compensative agencies.

  • Apollo concedes that man desponds when debarred of illusion: “suppose he has in himself some compensative law?”

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
Word Origin and History for compensative



c.1600, from French compensatoire, from Latin compensatus, past participle of compensare (see compensate). Psychological sense is from 1921.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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compensative in Medicine

compensatory com·pen·sa·to·ry (kəm-pěn'sə-tôr'ē)
Relating to or characterized by compensation.

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