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[kuh m-pen-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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  1. serving to compensate, as for loss, lack, or injury.
  2. countercyclical.
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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 formsnon·com·pen·sa·tive, adjectivenon·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjectivere·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjectivesub·com·pen·sa·tive, adjectivesub·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjectiveun·com·pen·sa·tive, adjectiveun·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjective
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Related Words for compensative

redeeming, remunerative, offsetting

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Historical Examples of compensative

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

    Kentucky in American Letters, v. 2 of 2

    John Wilson Townsend

  • 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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

compensative in Medicine


  1. Relating to or characterized by compensation.
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