Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms.


v. com·pen·sat·ed, com·pen·sat·ing, com·pen·sates
1. To offset; counterbalance.
2. To make satisfactory payment or reparation to; recompense or reimburse: Management compensated us for the time we worked.
3. To stabilize the purchasing power of (a monetary unit) by changing the gold content in order to counterbalance price variations.
To serve as or provide a substitute or counterbalance.

[Latin compēnsāre, compēnsāt- : com-, com- + pēnsāre, to weigh; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

com′pen·sa′tive (kŏm′pən-sā′tĭv, kəm-pĕn′sə-tĭv) adj.
com′pen·sa′tor n.
com·pen′sa·to′ry (kəm-pĕn′sə-tôr′ē) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:


Affording compensation:
References in classic literature ?
With the universal adoption of Colour, all distinctions would cease; Regularity would be confused with Irregularity; development would give place to retrogression; the Workman would in a few generations be degraded to the level of the Military, or even the Convict Class; political power would be in the hands of the greatest number, that is to say the Criminal Classes, who were already more numerous than the Workmen, and would soon out-number all the other Classes put together when the usual Compensative Laws of Nature were violated.
The Special Initiative is indeed closer to a development aid, since the reconciliatory and compensative connotation of the material assistance have disappeared.
Given the differences in the levels of development of the various EU countries and their varying capacities to cope with change, fiscal policy should have been assigned two complementary targets: a redistributive and compensative function, and the role of actively promoting--through investment--the removal of development bottlenecks and the renewal of the productive base.
We hypothesized that rehabilitation therapy based on sensory-motor stimulation could contribute to acquisition of compensative strategies to improve gait, given the important role that the visual and proprioceptive deprivation has in sensory substitution [23].
They then began to introduce other compensative strategies such as a higher number of swearwords when the original text did not present them, as well as the explicitation of double meanings, which in some cases were only implicit in source texts and in other cases were completely absent.
2009) Pressure-mediated hypertrophy and mechanical stretch induces IL-1 release and subsequent IGF-1 generation to maintain compensative hypertrophy by affecting Akt and JNK pathways.
Islamabad -- The National Assembly (NA) Committee on States and Frontiers on Monday expressed displeasure over not provision of announced compensative amount to the relatives of martyred Levies personnel who sacrificed their lives in ongoing war against terrorism.
The lower expression of the receptor observed in G carriers [9-11], together with the results of studies suggesting increasing consumption rates in G carriers have led to the so-called "opioid receptor deficiency theory" This theory proposes that a lower amount of receptor would lead to increases in alcohol intake with compensative ends.
The subject was placed on the dynamometer (with 105[degrees] of hip flexion) and the body fixed by straps around the thigh, waist and chest to avoid compensative movement.
Bondage and captivity in angriness's net cause occur some happens that are not compensative.