Definition of compensation
1a : the act of compensating : the state of being compensatedb : correction of an organic defect or loss by hypertrophy or by increased functioning of another organ or unimpaired parts of the same organc : 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 employerb : payment, remuneration working without compensation
compensationalplay \ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shnəl, -shə-nəl, -ˌpen-\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of compensation from the Web
Another sticking point is workers' compensation reform.
Because of the vesting that occurred, the compensation expense dropped to $8.4 million, the company said.
The institute’s worker’s compensation insurer, Zenith Insurance Company, filed the lawsuit against the city in May in San Diego Superior Court.
And that can only come from emotional compensation.
The tribunal, consisting of an attorney and two judges who did not work for the archdiocese, determined Vanderburgh should receive compensation of $21,600.67.
Many members of these Boards, whose work has been for private rather than public good, have benefitted far beyond the compensation earned by this phenomenally hard-working woman.
Low rates of compensation for some workers hurt on the job, and low caps for the attorneys who represent them.
Ruth A. Batey, 46, of the Miller section of Gary, had been hired by Shane and Robin Bolde after Shane Bolde was injured in a car crash in March 2014 and was off work and placed on workman's compensation, the probable cause affidavit states.
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COMPENSATION Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 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
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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