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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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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.

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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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