[dee-kom-puh n-seyt]

verb (used without object), de·com·pen·sat·ed, de·com·pen·sat·ing.

Psychology. to lose the ability to maintain normal or appropriate psychological defenses, sometimes resulting in depression, anxiety, or delusions.

Nearby words

  1. decolorant,
  2. decolorize,
  3. decolour,
  4. decommission,
  5. decommit,
  6. decompensation,
  7. decompose,
  8. decomposed,
  9. decomposer,
  10. decomposition

Origin of decompensate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for decompensates



1912, probably a back-formation from decompensation. Related: Decompensated; decompensating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper