[kom-puh n-seyt] /ˈkɒm pənˌseɪt/
verb (used with object), compensated, compensating.
to recompense for something:
They gave him ten dollars to compensate him for his trouble.
to counterbalance; offset; be equivalent to:
He compensated his homely appearance with great personal charm.
Mechanics. to counterbalance (a force or the like); adjust or construct so as to offset or counterbalance variations or produce equilibrium.
to change the gold content of (a monetary unit) to counterbalance price fluctuations and thereby stabilize its purchasing power.
verb (used without object), compensated, compensating.
to provide or be an equivalent; make up; make amends (usually followed by for):
His occasional courtesies did not compensate for his general rudeness.
Psychology. to develop or employ mechanisms of .
to make amends to (someone), esp for loss or injury
(transitive) to serve as compensation or damages for (injury, loss, etc)
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
(intransitive) to attempt to conceal or offset one’s shortcomings by the exaggerated exhibition of qualities regarded as desirable
1640s, “to be equivalent;” 1650s, “to counterbalance, make up for,” from Latin compensatus, past participle of compensare “to weigh one thing (against another),” thus, “to counterbalance,” from com- “with” (see com-) + pensare, frequentative of pendere “to weigh” (see pendant). Meaning “to recompense, remunerate” is from 1814. Related: Compensated; compensating.
[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.
- Compensatory circulation
compensatory circulation n. Circulation established in dilated collateral vessels when the main artery of the part is obstructed.
plural noun, Law. 1. damages, measured by the harm suffered, awarded to the injured person as due compensation.
- Compensatory finance
noun 1. another name for deficit financing