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Borrowing from Old French compensacion, from Latin compensātiōnem, accusative singular of compensātiō.



compensation (plural compensations)

  1. The act or principle of compensating.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Emerson to this entry?)
  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.
    • Hallam
      The parliament which dissolved the monastic foundations [] vouchsafed not a word toward securing the slightest compensation to the dispossessed owners.
    • Burke
      No pecuniary compensation can possibly reward them.
  3. 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.
  4. A recompense or reward for some loss or service.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.


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Borrowing from Latin compensatio, compensationem.


compensation f (plural compensations)

  1. compensation

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