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compensating balance

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noun
  1. Also compensated balance, compensation balance. a balance wheel in a timepiece, designed to compensate for variations in tension in the hair spring caused by changes in temperature.
  2. Banking. a deposit balance that is required to be left on deposit by a company to maintain or guarantee credit.
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Origin of compensating balance

First recorded in 1795–1805
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