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 compensational (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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Callers can remain anonymous and may receive compensation for their information. Natalya Daoud, Cincinnati.com, "14-year-old boy dead after shooting in Lower Price Hill late Saturday," 7 July 2019 Sign up Now Sign up Now Sports Illustrated may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. SI.com, "Argentina-Chile | Alineaciones confirmadas para el partido por el tercer puesto," 6 July 2019 Fortune may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Fortune, "Graphic Packaging Holding," 1 July 2019 While the bill would not allow schools to directly pay athletes, players would be able to receive compensation from outside sources — for example, from a video game company or for signing autographs or memorabilia. J. Brady Mccollough, latimes.com, "Days of NCAA having it both ways should be nearing an end," 28 June 2019 The company continues to face hundreds of lawsuits across the country by groups and governments seeking compensation for the costs of addiction. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Sales rep for opioid maker avoids prison in kickback case," 24 June 2019 He's received compensation for a Congressionally-approved 9/11 fund, but has been a powerful voice for others who haven't. Maurice Dubois, CBS News, "9/11 first responder spending his last days fighting for victims' fund," 21 June 2019 First responders with an illness that stemmed from their work during the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks could receive compensation. Catherine Kim, Vox, "The battle over extending the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, explained," 20 June 2019 And a refund and the offer of coupons as compensation for the discovery at the Waukesha restaurant wasn't going to cut it. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Muskego college student found blood in her Fuji apple salad at a Waukesha Panera, police say," 10 June 2019

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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
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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