Syn. Recompense; reward; indemnification; consideration; requital; satisfaction; set-off.
(Com*pen"sa*tive) a. [LL. compensativus.] Affording compensation.
(Com*pen"sa*tive), n. Compensation. [R.] Lamb.
1. One who, or that which, compensates; a name applied to various mechanical devices.
2. (Naut.) An iron plate or magnet placed near the compass on iron vessels to neutralize the effect of
the ship's attraction on the needle.
(Com*pen"sa*to*ry) a. Serving for compensation; making amends. Jer. Taylor.
(Com*pense") v. t. [F. compenser. See Compensate.] To compensate. [Obs.] Bacon.
(Com`pe*ren"di*nate) v. t. [L. comperendinatus, p. p. of comperendinare to defer
(the time of trial.)] To delay. Bailey.
(Com*pesce") v. t. [L. compescere.] To hold in check; to restrain. [R.] Carlyle.
(Com*pete") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Competed; p. pr. & vb. n. Competing.] [L. completere,
competitum; com- + petere to seek. See Petition.] To contend emulously; to seek or strive for the
same thing, position, or reward for which another is striving; to contend in rivalry, as for a prize or in
business; as, tradesmen compete with one another.
The rival statesmen, with eyes fixed on America, were all the while competing for European alliances.
(Com"pe*tence Com"pe*ten*cy) , n. [Cf. F. compétence, from L. competentia agreement.]
1. The state of being competent; fitness; ability; adequacy; power.
The loan demonstrates, in regard to instrumental resources, the competency of this kingdom to the
assertion of the common cause.
To make them act zealously is not in the competence of law.
2. Property or means sufficient for the necessaries and conveniences of life; sufficiency without excess.
Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,
Lie in three words health, peace, and competence.
Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
3. (Law) (a) Legal capacity or qualifications; fitness; as, the competency of a witness or of a evidence.
(b) Right or authority; legal power or capacity to take cognizance of a cause; as, the competence of a
judge or court. Kent.