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English noun: compensation

1. compensation (possession) something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)


Broader (hypernym)recompense


Narrower (hyponym)amends, blood money, counterbalance, damages, emolument, indemnification, indemnity, offset, overcompensation, redress, reimbursement, reparation, reparation, restitution, workmen's compensation

2. compensation (process) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors


Broader (hypernym)defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction


Narrower (hyponym)overcompensation


Domain categorypsychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology

3. compensation (act) the act of compensating for service or loss or injury


Synonymsrecompense


Broader (hypernym)correction, rectification


Narrower (hyponym)indemnification









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