compensation

noun
com·​pen·​sa·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce compensation (audio) , -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 How to pronounce compensation (audio) , -​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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The new rules won’t affect people who might be injured by COVID-19 vaccines, who would need to apply to a different government program for compensation. Science News Staff, Science | AAAS, "The science stories likely to make headlines in 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 Ten cases were eligible for compensation but had no expenses to pay, and 10 cases are currently under review. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Government program tapped to pay for COVID-19 vaccine injuries rarely sides with consumers," 25 Dec. 2020 Lawyers representing the committee are asking for the monetary compensation of about $315,000 for each family for a total of more than $120 million. NBC News, "Families of Covid victims in Italy take government to court," 23 Dec. 2020 State lawmakers in 2018 passed a bill that made eligible for compensation wrongfully imprisoned people whose convictions have been overturned due to evidence being withheld at their trial. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Appeals court upholds judge’s declaration of Cleveland man to be wrongfully convicted of murder," 12 Dec. 2020 Information about eligibility for compensation will be available on Amtrak’s website by the end of the month, the company said. Washington Post, "Amtrak agrees to fix stations and pay $2.25 million to settle ADA discrimination claims," 2 Dec. 2020 Artemenko and Maslova told me that, by making the names of the deceased public, the memorial helped grieving families in their requests for compensation. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Duelling Realities of the Coronavirus in Russia," 2 Dec. 2020 Her bill, the WORK NOW Act, would require nonprofits to use most of a grant for employee compensation, aiming to keep nonprofit workers employed like the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps, which employed Americans on environmental projects. Kelly Smith, Star Tribune, "Minnesota nonprofits push for more government support as emergency COVID-19 aid expires," 23 Nov. 2020 Her suggestions for compensation had been at lower amounts than what the board ultimately approved. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Maine Township cuts pay, eliminates pensions for officials elected next spring," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of compensation was in the 14th century

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9 Jan 2021

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“Compensation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compensation. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for compensation

compensation

noun
How to pronounce compensation (audio)

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
US : payment given for doing a job

compensation

noun
com·​pen·​sa·​tion | \ ˌkäm-pən-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce compensation (audio) \

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- How to pronounce compensation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce compensation (audio) \

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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