Definition of compensable in English:



  • (of a loss or hardship) for which compensation can be obtained.

    • ‘Is it as broad then, do you say, as any deleterious consequence to a plaintiff, compensable by a monetary award?’
    • ‘This does not mean that such harm is not compensable, merely that it is conceptually distinct from damage to the mind.’
    • ‘Thus it is our opinion that there is no compensable delay pertaining to this issue.’
    • ‘Accordingly, it falls to tort law to attempt to determine whether this is a compensable loss.’
    • ‘In the late nineteenth century negligence did not recognise injury caused by psychiatric means as compensable.’
    • ‘Thus, although the loss of a job is very often the cause of injured feelings and emotional upset, the law does not recognize these as compensable losses.’
    • ‘The defendant says such damage does not give rise to a compensable loss of the plaintiff in this action.’
    • ‘It held nonetheless that these employees were redundant, but it held that it was not a compensable redundancy, and the thought processes that laid behind that reasoning are not disclosed.’
    • ‘It is conceivable that damages beyond the subrogated damages (if they exist at all) might be found to be too remote or to be non compensable pure economic loss.’
    • ‘I find that her delayed return to work was directly attributable to the injuries and therefore compensable.’
    • ‘There is no evidence of compensable damages before me and I order none.’
    • ‘What worries me is that the basic message being pushed is if in fact those with compensable injuries do worse than those who don't have compensation, why bother about making sure people get correct compensation?’
    • ‘In my opinion, any increased financing costs that are caused by the fact of litigation are not compensable losses, particularly where there is a procedure set out in the legislation for the interlocutory removal of the lien.’
    • ‘Secondly, only ‘financially assessable damage’ is compensable.’
    • ‘There is no question but that all of these types of harm are compensable in damages.’
    • ‘This, in a real sense, is not open to the applicant because what she seeks is not compensable in monetary terms.’
    • ‘There can be a compensable loss, even where there is a less than 50 per cent chance.’
    • ‘Another concept on trial in the United States is that of accelerated compensable events or designated compensable events.’
    • ‘The issue before the trial judge was whether the plaintiffs had suffered compensable nervous shock.’
    • ‘This exercise is one that every litigant goes through irrespective of their profession or line of work and is not compensable when deciding costs.’


Mid 17th century: French, from compenser, from Latin compensare ‘weigh (something) against (another)’.