Definition of Compensation

1. Noun. Something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury).

2. Noun. (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors.

3. Noun. The act of compensating for service or loss or injury.
Exact synonyms: Recompense
Generic synonyms: Correction, Rectification
Specialized synonyms: Indemnification
Derivative terms: Compensate, Compensate, Compensate, Compensate, Compensate, Recompense

Definition of Compensation

1. n. The act or principle of compensating.

Definition of Compensation

1. Noun. The act or principle of compensating. ¹

2. Noun. 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. ¹

3. Noun. 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. ¹

4. Noun. A recompense or reward for some loss or service. ¹

5. Noun. 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. ¹

6. Noun. The relationship between air temperature outside a building and a calculated target temperature for provision of air or water to contained rooms or spaces for the purpose of efficient heating. In building control systems the compensation curve is defined to a compensator for this purpose. ¹

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Definition of Compensation

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Medical Definition of Compensation

1. In interference microscopy, compensation for the phase difference introduced by the object, measured by introducing a quarter wavelength plate and rotating the analyser: the angle of rotation is proportional to the optical path difference. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Compensation

compensated acidosis
compensated alkalosis
compensated glaucoma
compensated metabolic alkalosis
compensated respiratory acidosis
compensated respiratory alkalosis
compensating balance
compensating curve
compensating emphysema
compensating eyepieces
compensating ocular
compensation (current term)
compensation culture
compensation neurosis
compensatorily lengthen
compensatory atrophy
compensatory circulation
compensatory damages

Literary usage of Compensation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Biennial Report by Vermont Public Service Commission (1876)
"Amount of compensation, Conductors of freight trains, Conductors of passenger trains, Amount of compensation. Conductors of wood and gravel trains, ..."

2. United States Statutes at Large: Containing the Laws and Concurrent by United States (1860)
"For contingent expenses of said building, including fuel, labor, oil, and repairs, two thousand five hundred dollars; For compensation to the clerks and ..."

3. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"Workmen's compensation Acts.—A workmen's compensation act was passed in Great Britain in 1897, and superseded by the act of 1906. ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1908)
"In any completely just system of compensation and distribution all these elements would be given weight; but in what proportion? Should the man who produces ..."

5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1907)
"Many clinicians, considering the anatomical arrangement of 'the circulation, have contended that no satisfactory compensation of a tricuspid lesion can be ..."

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