com·pen·sate /'käm-pən-ˌsāt, -ˌpen-/ vt -sat·ed, -sat·ing: to make an appropriate and usu. counterbalancing payment to
compensate the victims for their injuries
adequately compensated for her work
com·pen·sa·to·ry /kəm-'pen-sə-ˌtōr-ē/ adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (counterbalance) verb act against with equal force, allow for, atone, balance, be equivalent, compensare, correspond, counteract, counterpoise, countervail, counterweigh, equalize, equate, equilibrate, even, furnish an equivalent, level off, make equal, make level, make steady, make up for, neutralize, offset, oppose, produce equilibrium, restore to equilibrium, set off, square, stabilize, strike a balance II (remunerate) verb allow for, defray, discharge a debt, give equal value, give satisfaction for damage, give satisfaction for injury, honor, indemnify, make payment, make restitution, pay damages, pay for, pay in full, pay the equivalent, pay the value, pay wages, recompense, redress, refund, reimburse, remit, remunerari, remunerate for injury, repay, repay for a loss, return, reward, reward for a loss, reward for an injury, salary, satisfy, settle accounts with associated concepts: compensation for expenses, compensation for goods sold and delivered, compensation for hospital bills, compensation for injuries, compensation for out-of-pocket expenses, compensation for pain and suffering, compensation for the negligent acts of another, compensation for wrongdoing, costs, fair and reasonable compensation, fees, penalties, reimbursement, wages, workmen's compensation III index bear the expense, contribute (indemnify), defray, disburse (pay out), indemnify, outbalance, pay, quit (repay), recoup (reimburse), redeem (satisfy debts), redress, refund, reimburse, remit (send payment), remunerate, repay, replace, return (refund), satisfy (discharge)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) To give someone money to make up for an injury he or she has suffered.
(2) To pay someone for work he or she has performed.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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