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Noun: compensation  ,kóm-pun'sey-shun or ,kóm,pen'sey-shun
  1. Something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)
  2. (psychiatry) a defence mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors
  3. The act of compensating for service, loss or injury
    - recompense

Derived forms: compensations

Type of: correction, defence [Brit, Cdn], defence mechanism [Brit, Cdn], defence reaction [Brit, Cdn], defense [US], defense mechanism [US], defense reaction [US], recompense, rectification

Encyclopedia: Compensation