[ kuh m-pen-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ kəmˈpɛn səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


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

Medicine definitions for compensative


[ kəm-pĕnsə-tôr′ē ]


Relating to or characterized by compensation.
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