[kuhm-pen-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
serving to compensate, as for loss, lack, or injury.
Also, compensative [kom-puhn-sey-tiv, kuhm-pen-suh-] .

1595–1605; compensate + -ory1

noncompensative, adjective
noncompensatory, adjective
recompensatory, adjective
subcompensative, adjective
subcompensatory, adjective
uncompensative, adjective
uncompensatory, adjective Unabridged
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compensate (ˈkɒmpɛnˌseɪt)
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]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from Fr. compensatoire, from L. compensatus, pp. of compensare (see compensate). Psychological sense is from 1921.
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Medical Dictionary

compensatory com·pen·sa·to·ry (kəm-pěn'sə-tôr'ē)
Relating to or characterized by compensation.

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Example sentences
Lab results reported that there is compensatory hypertrophy of my right kidney.
Following this hypothesis, overeating serves as a compensatory strategy to
  normalize this reward deficit.
They are not and therefor do not: no compensatory magic is required.
The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as legal costs.
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