[ kuhm-pen-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ kəmˈpɛn səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM compensatory
non·com·pen·sa·tive, adjectivenon·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjectivere·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjectivesub·com·pen·sa·tive, adjective
sub·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjectiveun·com·pen·sa·tive, adjectiveun·com·pen·sa·to·ry, adjective
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