- the act or state of compensating, as by rewarding someone for service or by making up for someone's loss, damage, or injury by giving the injured party an appropriate benefit.
- the state of being compensated or rewarded in this way.
- 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.
Origin of compensation
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Examples from the Web for compensation
That precludes paying much mind to attribution or compensation.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer
December 3, 2014
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
November 25, 2014
An industry source said Pippa's compensation will be in the Chelsea Clinton range.NBC’s Today Show ‘Hires’ Pippa Middleton
Lloyd Grove, Tom Sykes
November 5, 2014
Their families do not receive any compensation or any moral support from the state.Kremlin Is Caught Putting Boots on the Ground in Ukraine
August 26, 2014
How could we trust our lives in the hands of people that are overworked, starved and not given their just compensation?How Bureaucrats Let Ebola Spread to Nigeria
August 14, 2014
Had they still been in his possession, that would have been some compensation.Brave and Bold
All sorts of labor is got at enormous rates of compensation.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
She had learned the law of compensation: that for every joy one pays in suffering.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
If I carried with me a sad heart, there yet were already visible the dawnings of compensation.In the Valley
For property that had been devastated or destroyed a similar maximum of compensation was voted.Freeland
- 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
Word Origin and History for compensation
late 14c., "action of compensating," from Latin compensationem (nominative compensatio) "a weighing one thing against another, a balancing," noun of action from past participle stem of compensare (see compensate). Meaning "what is given in recompense" is from c.1600; meaning "amends for loss or damages" is from 1804; meaning "salary, wages" is attested from 1787, American English. The psychological sense is from 1914.
- A process in which a tendency for a change in a given direction is counteracted by another change so that the original change is not evident.
- An unconscious psychological mechanism by which one tries to make up for imagined or real deficiencies in personality or physical ability.