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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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  • For the same reason we cannot speak of compensatory masturbation in woman.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Then came the compensatory thought of what had been accomplished.

  • If you commit a tort, you are liable to pay a compensatory sum.

    The Path of the Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • On the other hand there would be compensatory advantages not to be ignored.

    The Easiest Way

    Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
  • They have compensatory perception of a kind that is still quite mysterious.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • There are compensatory moments in life, and this was one of them.

    A Secret of the Lebombo Bertram Mitford
  • When a court does award damages, the award may be "compensatory" or "punitive."

    What Works: Schools Without Drugs United States Department of Education
  • Thus religion takes more account of experience than compensatory philosophy; it does not de-realize existent evil.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
Word Origin and History for compensatory

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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compensatory in Medicine

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

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