• WordNet 3.6
    • n compensation the act of compensating for service or loss or injury
    • n compensation something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)
    • n compensation (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Compensation (Law) A recompense or reward for some loss or service.
    • Compensation (Law) 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 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.""No pecuniary compensation can possibly reward them."
    • Compensation The act or principle of compensating.
    • Compensation (Law) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n compensation The act of compensating; counterbalance: as, nature is based on a system of compensations.
    • n compensation That which is given or received as an equivalent, as for services, debt, want, loss, or suffering; indemnity; recompense; amends; requital.
    • n compensation That which supplies the place of something else, or makes good a deficiency, or makes amends: as, the speed of the hare is a compensation for its want of any weapon of defense.
    • n compensation In mech., means of creating a balance of forces; counteraction of opposing tendencies; adjustment for equilibrium. Compensation of the contraction and expansion of metals through variations of temperature is effected in the pendulums and balancewheels of timepieces chiefly by a combination of metals of different expansibilities, and in iron beams, rails, etc., by allowance for increase and diminution of length; of inequalities in magnetic attraction, etc., by devices called compensators. See compensation-balance, below, and compensator.
    • n compensation In the civil law, the extinguishment of a debt by a counter-claim which the debtor has against his creditor, thus effecting the simultaneous extinguishment of two obligations, or of one and part of another.
    • n compensation In pathology, an increase in functional power of some organ or part of an organ to make up for a defect in another organ or in another part of the same organ.
    • n compensation In psychophysics, the neutralization of a sensation by a stimulus process of a complementary or antagonistic kind.
    • n compensation In vegetable teratol., the occurrence of opposite abnormal conditions in different parts of the same plant, as an atrophied condition of one part associated with a hypertrophied condition of another.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Compensation act of compensating: reward for service: amends for loss sustained:
    • n Compensation (phys.) the neutralisation of opposing forces
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  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.”
  • Kin Hubbard
    “Getting talked about is one of the penalties for being pretty, while being above suspicion is about the only compensation for being homely.”
  • Charles Dudley Warner
    Charles Dudley Warner
    “It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Forgetfulness. A gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. compensatio, a weighing, a balancing of accounts
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. com, inten., and pensāre, freq. of pendĕre, to weigh.


In literature:

In order to compensate herself for the silence to which young ladies are condemned, Caroline talks; or rather babbles.
"The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
But how shall we treat those compensations which are most pleasing to husbands?
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
Should equal compensation for equal labor, between women and men, universally prevail?
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
If any one hire oxen, and kill them by bad treatment or blows, he shall compensate the owner, oxen for oxen.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
Even this would be some compensation for all their trouble, courage, and intelligence.
"All Around the Moon" by Jules Verne
Nor was there much in my surroundings to compensate for the prosaic nature of my work.
"Forty-one years in India" by Frederick Sleigh Roberts
What Northern summers lack in length is compensated by intensity.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The seasons assisted the decline, and there was now no compensation in the shape of higher prices.
"A Short History of English Agriculture" by W. H. R. Curtler
It has been said that war has its compensations no less than peace.
"History of the American Negro in the Great World War" by W. Allison Sweeney
This must be the compensation intended; for what else?
"Essays" by Ralph Waldo Emerson

In poetry:

Heaven has received him as a welcome guest,
Balming earth's tie with compensating rest,
Healing earth's grievous wound with sure content,
The sense of home after long banishment.
"Bishop Daniel A. Payne (Deceased)." by Frank Barbour Coffin
III. For what can "flat reality" bestow,
E'en when, illum'd by fortune's brightest beam,
To compensate those joys that sweetly flow
From youthful HOPE, and youthful fancy's dream?
"Effusion" by Sydney Owenson
Every one must make a choice,
Life is based on compensation;
You have nothing but your voice,
I have more, ... but more vexation!
Minstrel, you at least are free;
Give your smile to slaves like me!
"The Wanderer" by John Lawson Stoddard
Yet, even then, I'd not repine
If that grey matter which should fill
That pretty head, O lady mine,
Gained age, 'twere compensation still;
And I'd forgive the ravening years,
If you'd mature above the ears.
"Beauty's Blemish" by C J Dennis
There is a hungry longing in the soul,
A craving sense of emptiness and pain,
She may not satisfy nor yet control,
For all the teeming world looks void and vain.
No compensation in eternal spheres,
She knows the loneliness of all her years.
"Epochs" by Emma Lazarus
CES. Well. But tell me in what manner will this fellow tranquillize the
senses, assuage the woes of the spirit, compensate the heart and give
its just debts to the mind, so that with this aspiration of his he come
not to say: "Nitimur incassum"?
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The Second =First Dialogue.=" by Giordano Bruno

In news:

After a second reading of an ordinance involving county tax rates, the Harrison County Fiscal Court voted to take the 10.2 cent compensating rate.
Mark Sanchez has done his best to compensate for a depleted Jets receiving corps.
Critics see the deal as unjust to the beneficiaries of the private property restitutions from the early 1990s and flawed in its valuation of the seized property that should be compensated for in money.
The Ethics Of Compensating Organ Donors.
Navy compensating those affected by Va. 47 pm, November 22, 2012.
The Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF) has laid out plans to compensate victims of the Crisis on the Coast.
Mike Farley of EquipOne provides insight into how to properly compensate equipment rental business employees so they are motivated for success.
Hiring and Compensating for Success (Part Two of a Three-Part Series).
Last week we began our three-part series on hiring and compensation.
After Advertising, Compensating and Training, Can You Stay Profitable.
Pressure- compensated proportional flow control valves use a single cartridge and internal compensation spool at full line pressure without need for external compensator.
Monday at midnight is the deadline for the families of 9/11 victims to make claims to the government's official compensation fund.
Victims of forced sterilization were supposed to get $50,000 each after a panel approved a $10 million compensation package.
There's been a major blow to victims of the state's eugenics program, who had reason to expect compensation this summer.
A victim of a burglary will have to turn to the civil process to get restitution after the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed and remanded with instructions a trial court's order that provided the victim with $711.95 in compensation.

In science:

For large N this decrease in probability cannot be compensated by the O(1) energetic gain.
On large deviation properties of Erdos-Renyi random graphs
From the same kind of reasoning as used above it is clear, that the entropic cost for putting an additional edge inside the giant component is O(1) and may hence well be over-compensated by the energetic gain in probability 2 .
On large deviation properties of Erdos-Renyi random graphs
The main point, perhaps, in the current context is that both approaches suggest that the total mass distribution remains NFW-like in the inner regions with the dark matter distribution expanding to compensate for the central concentration of the stars.
Early Formation and Late Merging of the Giant Galaxies
However this is compensated by skipping a boundary region with the length b at both boundaries when measuring the voltage.
Scaling determination of the nonlinear I-V characteristics for 2D superconducting networks
However, if σ < 4J , the gain from random fields is not sufficient to compensate the loss from domain walls.
Domains and Interfaces in Random Fields