com·​pen·​sa·​ble kəm-ˈpen(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce compensable (audio)
: that is to be or can be compensated
a compensable job-related injury
compensability noun

Examples of compensable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The law treats the employees as under the employer’s control during that time, making that time compensable. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2024 Hence, lunch breaks are not considered work time and are not compensable. Chris Sims, The Courier-Journal, 4 Mar. 2024 However, short breaks consisting of 5 to 20 minutes when offered by employers are to be considered compensable work hours that would be included in the sum of hours worked during the workweek and considered in determining if overtime was worked. Chris Sims, The Courier-Journal, 4 Mar. 2024 That is just as well, because in Texas, an owner’s affection for a pet is not compensable. Virginia Hammerle, Dallas News, 16 July 2023 In the lawsuit, originally filed in 2013, two employees alleged the time spent on bag checks at the end of their shifts was compensable under state law. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 19 Aug. 2022 The company also said French consumers hadn’t suffered any compensable loss. William Boston, WSJ, 9 June 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1661, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of compensable was in 1661

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“Compensable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition


com·​pen·​sa·​ble kəm-ˈpen-sə-bəl How to pronounce compensable (audio)
: entitling an individual to compensation
a compensable job-related injury
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