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[rek-uh m-pens] /ˈrɛk əmˌpɛns/
verb (used with object), recompensed, recompensing.
to repay; remunerate; reward, as for service, aid, etc.
to pay or give compensation for; make restitution or requital for (damage, injury, or the like).
verb (used without object), recompensed, recompensing.
to make compensation for something; repay someone:
no attempt to recompense for our trouble.
compensation, as for an injury, wrong, etc.:
to make recompense for the loss one's carelessness has caused.
a repayment or requital, as for favors, gifts, etc.
a remuneration or reward, as for services, aid, or the like.
late Middle English
1375-1425; (v.) late Middle English < Middle French recompenser < Late Latin recompēnsāre, equivalent to Latin re- re- + compēnsāre (see compensate); (noun) late Middle English < Middle French, derivative of recompenser
Related forms
recompensable, adjective
recompenser, noun
underrecompense, verb (used with object), underrecompensed, underrecompensing, noun
unrecompensable, adjective
unrecompensed, adjective
1. reimburse, recoup. 4. payment, amends, indemnification, satisfaction. 4–6. See reward. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for recompensed
  • Their pains were abundantly recompensed by the great progress which he made.
  • The inventor should be recompensed for the contribution he or she has made to society and for her genius, time, and effort.
  • It truly eliminates the burden on interstate commerce, since any burden on commerce would be recompensed in a mandatory system.
  • While dismissed workers may be financially recompensed, they were rarely reinstated.
  • Active managers however need to be recompensed for additional added value and cost of operation.
  • If the money is not paid timely, the obligee should be recompensed.
  • Some of them are based on services performed and already sufficiently recompensed.
  • In announcing this gilt he declared that he recompensed in her the virtues of her father.
British Dictionary definitions for recompensed


(transitive) to pay or reward for service, work, etc
(transitive) to compensate for loss, injury, etc
compensation for loss, injury, etc: to make recompense
reward, remuneration, or repayment
Derived Forms
recompensable, adjective
recompenser, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French recompenser, from Latin re- + compensāre to balance in weighing; see compensate
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Word Origin and History for recompensed



early 15c., from Middle French recompense (13c.), related to recompenser "make good, recompense" from Late Latin recompensare (see recompense (v.)).


c.1400, "to redress," from Middle French recompenser (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin recompensare "to reward, remunerate," from Latin re- "again" (see re-) + compensare "balance out," literally "weigh together" (see compensate). From early 15c. as "to compensate." Related: Recompensed; recompensing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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