something given or received as an equivalent for services, debt, loss, injury, suffering, lack, etc.; indemnity: The insurance company paid him $2000 as compensation for the loss of his car.
Biology. the improvement of any defect by the excessive development or action of another structure or organ of the same structure.
Psychology. a mechanism by which an individual attempts to make up for some real or imagined deficiency of personality or behavior by developing or stressing another aspect of the personality or by substituting a different form of behavior.
- com·pen·sa·tion·al, adjective
- non·com·pen·sa·tion, noun
- pre·com·pen·sa·tion, noun
- pro·com·pen·sa·tion, adjective
- sub·com·pen·sa·tion, noun
- sub·com·pen·sa·tion·al, adjective
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How to use compensation in a sentence
The case ultimately came to the Supreme Court, which in 1988 unanimously rejected Falwell’s claim that he was entitled to financial compensation for a parody calculated to inflict ridicule and emotional distress.Larry Flynt, pornographer and self-styled First Amendment champion, dies at 78 | Paul W. Valentine | February 10, 2021 | Washington Post
It also intends to expand the prohibition on confidentiality and nondisparagement clauses to cover employment agreements that tie these clauses to severance compensation.NDAs have long been used to silence the abused, advocates say. A new law may change that. | Paulina Villegas | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
That change would make workers’ compensation available to those who die or are disabled from the disease.Virginia’s General Assembly heads to special session with bipartisan momentum on coronavirus relief bills | Gregory S. Schneider, Laura Vozzella | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
The costly compensation contributes to the state’s top rank for property taxes.How the Police Bank Millions Through Their Union Contracts | by Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press, and Agnes Chang, Jeff Kao and Agnel Philip, ProPublica | February 8, 2021 | ProPublica
She believes salaries will start to level out as workforces become more geographically dispersed thanks to remote working, so companies better get on top of their compensation methodologies, quickly.‘We’ll get harder and faster policies around pay’: The future of remote working on big city salaries | Jessica Davies | February 8, 2021 | Digiday
That precludes paying much mind to attribution or compensation.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer | Arthur Chu | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At first glance, it might be tempting to interpret this extravagant level of compensation as a victory for the once-humble intern.Silicon Valley Interns Make a Service Worker’s Yearly Salary In Three Months | Samantha Allen | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
An industry source said Pippa's compensation will be in the Chelsea Clinton range.
This allows for artist compensation based on revenue rather than royalty, as Spotify does.Taylor Swift Dumps Spotify, Igniting Turf War Between Spotify and Apple | Dale Eisinger | November 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sociologists refer to this sort of in-midair rapid switch as risk compensation.
My schooling was shocking but, as a blessed compensation, my college stage was rather exceptionally good.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
She had expected personality, magnetism, as a compensation for nature's external economies.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
First, a voluntary undertaking to work for another without compensation cannot be enforced.
Directors in most cases receive no compensation though the practice is growing of rewarding them.
A director who performs a different service, serves as an attorney, for example, may receive compensation for it.
British Dictionary definitions for compensation
the act or process of making amends for something
something given as reparation for loss, injury, etc; indemnity
the automatic movements made by the body to maintain balance
the attempt to conceal or offset one's shortcomings by the exaggerated exhibition of qualities regarded as desirable
biology abnormal growth and increase in size in one organ in response to the removal or inactivation of another
- compensational, adjective
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