Compensate Law and Legal Definition

Compensate means to reimburse or to pay another for services rendered. For example, the company compensated its workers for time worked. It can also be an amendatory payment to or recompense for an injury. For example, the court ordered the defendant to compensate the injured plaintiff.

The following are examples of case law defining compensate:

The term "compensate" means that plaintiff is being made whole for real losses she sustained. [Maxwell v. Angel-Etts of Cal., 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25418 (C.D. Cal. July 9, 2001)]

To "compensate" means to make equivalent return to, to recompense, or to pay. [R.S. Silver Enters. Co. v. Pascarella, 2010 Conn. Super. LEXIS 1850 (Conn. Super. Ct. July 14, 2010)]

The plain meaning of the word "compensate" means monies to be paid to a party entitled to receive them.[Nickerson v. American States Ins., 2000 SD 121, P12 (S.D. 2000)]

To "compensate" means to "counterbalance," "make up for," "make amends for."[Pac. Tel. & Tel. Co. v. Henneford, 195 Wash. 553, 560 (Wash. 1938)]