|1.||to make amends to (someone), esp for loss or injury|
|2.||(tr) to serve as compensation or damages for (injury, loss, etc)|
|3.||to offset or counterbalance the effects of (a force, weight, movement, etc) so as to nullify the effects of an undesirable influence and produce equilibrium|
|4.||(intr) to attempt to conceal or offset one's shortcomings by the exaggerated exhibition of qualities regarded as desirable|
|[C17: from Latin compēnsāre, from pensāre, from pendere to weigh]|
compensatory com·pen·sa·to·ry (kəm-pěn'sə-tôr'ē)
Relating to or characterized by compensation.