[ kuhm-pen-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
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  1. serving to compensate, as for loss, lack, or injury.

Origin of compensatory

First recorded in 1595–1605; compensate + -ory1
  • Also com·pen·sa·tive [kom-puhn-sey-tiv, kuhm-pen-suh-]. /ˈkɒm pənˌseɪ tɪv, kəmˈpɛn sə-/.

Other words from compensatory

  • non·com·pen·sa·tive, adjective
  • non·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjective
  • re·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjective
  • sub·com·pen·sa·tive, adjective
  • sub·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjective
  • un·com·pen·sa·tive, adjective
  • un·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjective

Words Nearby compensatory Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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