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[kuh m-pen-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kəmˈpɛn səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
serving to compensate, as for loss, lack, or injury.
Also, compensative
[kom-puh n-sey-tiv, kuh m-pen-suh-] /ˈkɒm pənˌseɪ tɪv, kəmˈpɛn sə-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of compensatory
1595-1605; compensate + -ory1
Related forms
noncompensative, adjective
noncompensatory, adjective
recompensatory, adjective
subcompensative, adjective
subcompensatory, adjective
uncompensative, adjective
uncompensatory, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for compensatory
  • 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.
  • If they do find him liable, their first job is to set compensatory damages.
  • The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.
  • Damages are, in general, compensatory and not punitive in nature.
  • They further requested compensatory damages for lost wages and health benefits.
Word Origin and History for compensatory

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

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compensatory in Medicine

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

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