compensatory

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

adjective

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

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Also com·pen·sa·tive [kom-puhn-sey-tiv, kuhm-pen-suh-]. /ˈkɒm pənˌseɪ tɪv, kəmˈpɛn sə-/.

Origin of compensatory

First recorded in 1595–1605; compensate + -ory1

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Medical definitions for compensatory

compensatory
[ kəm-pĕnsə-tôr′ē ]

adj.

Relating to or characterized by compensation.
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