[ dee-kom-puh n-seyt ]
/ diˈkɒm pənˌseɪt /

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.

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

Word Origin and History for decompensating



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper