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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COMPENSATION, n.
1. That which is given or received as an equivalent for services, debt, want, loss, or suffering; amends; remuneration; recompense.
All other debts may compensation find.
The pleasures of life are no compensation for the loss of divine favor and protection.
2. In law, a set-off; the payment of a debt by a credit of equal amount.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)
2: (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors
3: the act of compensating for service or loss or injury [syn: recompense, compensation]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 14th century 1. a. 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 2. a. (1) something that constitutes an equivalent or recompense <age has its compensations> (2) payment to unemployed or injured workers or their dependents b. payment, remuneration <working without compensation> compensational adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a the act of compensating. b the process of being compensated. 2 something, esp. money, given as a recompense. 3 Psychol. a an act of compensating. b the result of compensating. 4 US a salary or wages. Phrases and idioms: compensation pendulum Physics a pendulum designed to neutralize the effects of temperature variation. Derivatives: compensational adj. Etymology: ME f. OF f. L compensatio (as COMPENSATE)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Compensation Com`pen*sa"tion, n. [L. compensatio a weighing, a balancing of accounts.] 1. The act or principle of compensating. --Emerson. 2. That which constitutes, or is regarded as, an equivalent; that which makes good the lack or variation of something else; that which compensates for loss or privation; amends; remuneration; recompense. The parliament which dissolved the monastic foundations . . . vouchsafed not a word toward securing the slightest compensation to the dispossessed owners. --Hallam. No pecuniary compensation can possibly reward them. --Burke. 3. (Law) (a) The extinction of debts of which two persons are reciprocally debtors by the credits of which they are reciprocally creditors; the payment of a debt by a credit of equal amount; a set-off. --Bouvier. --Wharton. (b) A recompense or reward for some loss or service. (c) An equivalent stipulated for in contracts for the sale of real estate, in which it is customary to provide that errors in description, etc., shall not avoid, but shall be the subject of compensation. Compensation balance, or Compensated balance, a kind of balance wheel for a timepiece. The rim is usually made of two different metals having different expansibility under changes of temperature, so arranged as to counteract each other and preserve uniformity of movement. Compensation pendulum. See Pendulum. Syn: Recompense; reward; indemnification; consideration; requital; satisfaction; set-off.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(compensations) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. Compensation is money that someone who has experienced loss or suffering claims from the person or organization responsible, or from the state. He received one year's salary as compensation for loss of office... The Court ordered Dr Williams to pay 300 compensation and 100 costs after admitting assault. 2. If something is some compensation for something bad that has happened, it makes you feel better. Helen gained some compensation for her earlier defeat by winning the final open class... Despite a reduction in earnings there are compensations in moving to the north-east where the quality of life is excellent... N-VAR: oft N for n/-ing

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Recompense, remuneration, reward. 2. Requital, satisfaction, indemnity, atonement, indemnification, reparation, amends. 3. Counterpoise, balance, equalization.

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