compensation

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

Definition of compensation

1 a :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
2 a (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

compensational

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Examples of compensation in a Sentence

  1. The court awarded the victims millions of dollars in compensation.

  2. She offered to pay for lunch as compensation for keeping me waiting.

  3. Moving to the coast had some drawbacks, but there were also compensations.

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Origin and Etymology of compensation



COMPENSATION Defined for English Language Learners

compensation

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Definition of compensation for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

compensation

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

Definition of compensation for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

compensation

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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

Law Dictionary

compensation

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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 services
  • U.S. Constitution art. I


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