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The Definition of - compensation (noun)

    the act or state of compensating, as by rewarding someone for service or by making up for someone's loss, damage, or injury by giving the injured party an appropriate benefit.
    the state of being compensated or rewarded in this way.
    something given or received as an equivalent for services, debt, loss, injury, suffering, lack, etc.; indemnity:
    The insurance company paid him $2000 as compensation for the loss of his car.
    Biology. the improvement of any defect by the excessive development or action of another structure or organ of the same structure.
    Psychology. a mechanism by which an individual attempts to make up for some real or imagined deficiency of personality or behavior by developing or stressing another aspect of the personality or by substituting a different form of behavior.

Word Example of - compensation

    Example Sentences for compensation

    The girl herself had no compensation for all this dread outlawry.

    As to the mothers, if they receive no compensation, that accords with all the rest of their experience.

    Were men not to have some compensation for the hardships of the backwoods?

    That river was to be my compensation for the lost freedom of the farming country.

    The compensation is often a sense of novelty and a thrill of surprise.

    Scenes such as these are some compensation to many a home-sick exile.

    It is probable that compensation to stockholders will consist of annuities rather than lump sums.

    This compensation will, indeed, be measured in part by their success.

    There was to be at any rate so much in the way of rewards and compensation for her pity of him.

    Each time I saw her after this I wondered what the compensation could be.

Word Origin & History of - compensation

    Word Origin & History

    compensation late 14c., "action of compensating," from L. compensationem (nom. compensatio), noun of action from compensare (see compensate). Meaning "what is given in recompense" is from 1610; meaning "amends for loss or damages" is from 1804; meaning "salary, wages" is attested from 1787, Amer.Eng. The psychological sense is from 1914.

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