a culture in which people are very ready to go to law over even relatively minor incidents in the hope of gaining compensation
noun, Psychiatry. 1. an unconscious attempt to retain physical or psychological symptoms of illness when some advantage may be obtained (distinguished from ). compensation neurosis n. A neurosis whose symptoms may be associated with a real or presumed disability that may bring financial compensation.
- Compensation order
noun 1. (in Britain) the requirement of a court that an offender pay compensation for injury, loss, or damage resulting from an offence, either in preference to or as well as a fine
- Compensation point
noun 1. (botany) the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide at which the rate of carbon dioxide uptake by a photosynthesizing plant is exactly balanced by its rate of carbon dioxide release in respiration and photorespiration
[kuh m-pen-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kəmˈpɛn səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective 1. serving to , as for loss, lack, or injury. 2. . adj. c.1600, from French compensatoire, from Latin compensatus, past participle of compensare (see compensate). Psychological sense is from 1921. compensatory com·pen·sa·to·ry (kəm-pěn’sə-tôr’ē) adj. Relating to or characterized by compensation.