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compensatory

adjective com·pen·sa·to·ry \ kəm-ˈpen(t)-sə-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr- \

medical Definition of compensatory

: making up for a loss; especially : serving as psychological or physiological compensation
  • compensatory enlargement of the heart
  • to overcome this feeling of inferiority by developing such compensatory mechanisms as intelligent aggression or shrewdness
  • —Edward Sapir


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