[kuh m-pen-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]


serving to compensate, as for loss, lack, or injury.

Nearby words

  1. compensation culture,
  2. compensation neurosis,
  3. compensation order,
  4. compensation point,
  5. compensation, workmen's,
  6. compensatory circulation,
  7. compensatory damages,
  8. compensatory finance,
  9. compensatory hypertrophy,
  10. compensatory lengthening

Also com·pen·sa·tive [kom-puh n-sey-tiv, kuh m-pen-suh-] /ˈkɒm pənˌseɪ tɪv, kəmˈpɛn sə-/.

Origin of compensatory

First recorded in 1595–1605; compensate + -ory1

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for compensative

  • It is idle to talk of education and civilization and the like as corrective or compensative agencies.

  • Apollo concedes that man desponds when debarred of illusion: “suppose he has in himself some compensative law?”

Word Origin and History for compensative



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

Medicine definitions for compensative




Relating to or characterized by compensation.

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