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compensatory

[kuh m-pen-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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adjective
  1. serving to compensate, as for loss, lack, or injury.
  2. countercyclical.
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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 formsnon·com·pen·sa·tive, adjectivenon·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjectivere·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjectivesub·com·pen·sa·tive, adjectivesub·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjectiveun·com·pen·sa·tive, adjectiveun·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjective
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Word Origin and History for noncompensatory

compensatory

adj.

c.1600, from French compensatoire, from Latin compensatus, past participle of compensare (see compensate). Psychological sense is from 1921.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

noncompensatory in Medicine

compensatory

(kəm-pĕnsə-tôr′ē)
adj.
  1. Relating to or characterized by compensation.
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