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adjective com·pen·sa·to·ry \kəm-ˈpen(t)-sə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\

Medical Definition of compensatory

  1. :  making up for a loss; especially :  serving as psychological or physiological compensation <compensatory enlargement of the heart> <to overcome this feeling of inferiority by developing such compensatory mechanisms as intelligent aggression or shrewdness—Edward Sapir>

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