Definition of compensatory adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒmpenˈseɪtəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəmˈpensətɔːri//
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  1. 1intended to make up for something such as damage, loss, injury, etc. He received a compensatory payment of $20 000.
  2. 2balancing or reducing the bad effects of damage, loss, etc. A change in one part of the system is followed by compensatory change in other parts of the system.
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