An example of recompense is when a shoplifter gives money to the person from whom he stole.
transitive verb-·pensed·, -·pens·ing
- to repay (a person, etc.); reward; compensate
- to make repayment or requital for; compensate (a loss, injury, etc.)
Origin of recompenseMiddle English recompensen from Middle French recompenser from Late Latin recompensare: see re- and compensate
- something given or done in return for something else; repayment, remuneration, requital, or reward
- something given or done to make up for a loss, injury, etc.; compensation
transitive verbrec·om·pensed, rec·om·pens·ing, rec·om·pens·es
- To award compensation to: recompensed the victims of the accident.
- To award compensation for; make a return for: recompensed their injuries.
- Amends made, as for damage or loss.
- Payment in return for something, such as a service.
Origin of recompenseMiddle English recompensen from Old French recompenser from Late Latin recompēnsāre Latin re- re- Latin compēnsāre to compensate ; see compensate .
- That which compensates for an injury.
- He offered money as recompense for the damage, but what the injured party wanted as recompense was an apology.
(third-person singular simple present recompenses, present participle recompensing, simple past and past participle recompensed)
Middle English, from Old French recompense, from Late Latin recompensare, from Latin re- (“again") + compensare (“to balance out")