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

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