\\kəmˈpen(t)səˌtōrē, (ˈ)käm|p-, -tȯr-, -ri\ adjective
Etymology: compensate + -ory
: serving as compensation : making amends : making up for loss

a compensatory enlargement of the heart

to overcome this feeling of inferiority by developing such compensatory mechanisms as intelligent aggression or shrewdness — Edward Sapir

a. : designed to counteract extreme fluctuations in the business cycle especially by governmental planning and adjustments in revenue programs and government expenditures

theories of compensatory fiscal policy

a compensatory economy

b. : maintaining the length of a syllable — used especially of the lengthening of a vowel when a following consonant is lost (Latin cānus, earlier căsnus) or the doubling of a consonant when a preceding vowel becomes short (Latin lĭttera, earlier lītera)

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  • compensatory — I adjective atoning, balancing, compensating, compensative, equivalent, expiating, expiatory, in compensation, indemnificatory, paying, propitiating, recompensive, redemptive, refunding, reimbursing, remitting, remunerative, reparative, repaying …   Law dictionary

  • Compensatory — Com*pen sa*to*ry, a. Serving for compensation; making amends. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • compensatory — c.1600, from Fr. compensatoire, from L. compensatus, pp. of compensare (see COMPENSATE (Cf. compensate)). Psychological sense is from 1921 …   Etymology dictionary

  • compensatory — [[t]kɒ̱mpənse͟ɪtəri, AM kəmpe̱nsətɔːri[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Compensatory payments involve money paid as compensation. [FORMAL] The jury awarded $11.2 million in compensatory damages. 2) ADJ: usu ADJ n Compensatory measures are designed to help… …   English dictionary

  • compensatory — com|pen|sa|to|ry [ˌkɔmpənˈseıtəri US kəmˈpen səˌto:ri] adj [usually before noun] formal 1.) compensatory payments are paid to someone who has been harmed or hurt in some way ▪ She was awarded a large sum in compensatory damages . 2.) intended to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • compensatory — Providing compensation; making up for a deficiency or loss. * * * com·pen·sa·to·ry kəm pen(t) sə .tōr ē, .tȯr adj making up for a loss esp serving as psychic or physiological compensation <compensatory enlargement of the heart> <to… …   Medical dictionary

  • compensatory — adjective (usually before noun) 1 intended to reduce the harmful effects of something or to make them easier to bear 2 compensatory payments are paid to someone who has been harmed or hurt in some way: She was awarded a large sum in compensatory… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • compensatory — adj. Compensatory is used with these nouns: ↑award …   Collocations dictionary

  • compensatory — compensate ► VERB 1) give (someone) something to reduce or balance the bad effect of loss, suffering, or injury. 2) (compensate for) make up for (something undesirable) by exerting an opposite force or effect. DERIVATIVES compensator noun… …   English terms dictionary

  • compensatory — adjective see compensate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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