compensation

noun
com·​pen·​sa·​tion | \ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən, -ˌpen-\

Definition of compensation 

1a : the act of compensating : the state of being compensated

b : correction of an organic defect or loss by hypertrophy or by increased functioning of another organ or unimpaired parts of the same organ

c : a psychological mechanism by which feelings of inferiority, frustration, or failure in one field are counterbalanced by achievement in another

2a(1) : something that constitutes an equivalent or recompense Age has its compensations. Moving to the coast had some drawbacks, but there were also compensations.

(2) : payment to unemployed or injured workers or their dependents receiving compensation from his employer

b : payment, remuneration working without compensation

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Other Words from compensation

compensational \ ˌkäm-​pən-​ˈsā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl, -​ˌpen-​ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for compensation

Synonyms

disbursement, giving, paying, payment, remitment, remittance, remuneration

Antonyms

nonpayment

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Examples of compensation in a Sentence

The court awarded the victims millions of dollars in compensation. She offered to pay for lunch as compensation for keeping me waiting. Moving to the coast had some drawbacks, but there were also compensations.
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There are currently more than 60 pending lawsuits seeking compensation. Elissa Strauss, Glamour, "The Great Frozen Embryo Debate," 11 Oct. 2018 Instead, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is looking into changing the country’s constitution to allow land seizures without compensation. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: South Africa to withdraw, North Carolina to redraw," 29 Aug. 2018 The worst-case scenario for the Charlotte Hornets would be losing Kemba Walker for no compensation next summer. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why All-Star Kemba Walker’s New York ties should worry Charlotte Hornets," 13 July 2018 Just prior to Friday’s sentencing, American Superconductor reached a deal with Sinovel for compensation, and has already received $32.5 million. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "AMSC gets $57 million from Chinese theft case," 6 July 2018 State attorneys argued that previous decisions did not expressly award back wages and that the judges' lawyers did not correctly file a claim for retroactive compensation. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "$40 million payout for California judges nears as state loses lawsuit," 28 June 2018 Kaseke worries that the bureaucratic process for compensation outlined in the bill is too cumbersome. Christopher Bendana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Uganda's pride: Lions test locals' patience," 27 June 2018 Privacy - Terms In Fort Worth and much of North Texas, where unemployment has dropped to 3.4 percent, employers would be well-advised to add sick leave to their compensation packages or face difficulty in attracting talent. The Star-telegram Editorial Board, star-telegram, "Cities shouldn't require businesses to offer paid sick leave," 25 June 2018 Sony's former CEO Kaz Hirai landed a $10.66 million retirement payment last year, to add to his $2.2 million base salary and $5.84 million in performance bonuses, for a total compensation package of $18.7 million. Gavin J. Blair, The Hollywood Reporter, "Former Sony CEO Kaz Hirai's Annual Pay Rose to $18.7M Thanks to $10.7M Retirement Bonus," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of compensation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for compensation

see compensate

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compensation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of compensation

: something that is done or given to make up for damage, trouble, etc.

: something good that acts as a balance against something bad or undesirable

: payment given for doing a job

compensation

noun
com·​pen·​sa·​tion | \ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən \

Kids Definition of compensation

1 : something that makes up for or is given to make up for something else

2 : money paid regularly When the business was struggling, she worked without compensation.

compensation

noun
com·​pen·​sa·​tion | \ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən, -ˌpen- \

Medical Definition of compensation 

1 : correction of an organic defect by excessive development or by increased functioning of another organ or unimpaired parts of the same organ cardiac compensation — see decompensation

2 : a psychological mechanism by which feelings of inferiority, frustration, or failure in one field are counterbalanced by achievement in another

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compensation

noun
com·​pen·​sa·​tion | \ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən \

Legal Definition of compensation 

1 : the act of compensating

2 in the civil law of Louisiana : the ending of mutual obligations between two people for money or quantities of fungible things usually by operation of law but sometimes by an agreement

3 : something that makes up for a loss received compensation for the breach of contract specifically : payment to unemployed or injured workers or their dependents — see also unemployment compensation, workers' compensation

4 : payment for a thing of value tendered or a service rendered the Senators and Representatives shall receive compensation for their servicesU.S. Constitution art. I

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