What does the word compensation mean?

Usage examples for compensation

  1. I'd rather not know when I was to be happy; it would spoil the pleasure; and wouldn't be any compensation when it was the other way." – Their Silver Wedding Journey by William Dean Howells
  2. " Well," Philip said, " I lost my heart then, and kept the handkerchief as a compensation. – Salome by Emma Marshall
  3. I will undertake to do all you ask of me for a proper compensation, say one hundred and fifty a day for two days. – The Strange Adventures of Mr. Middleton by Wardon Allan Curtis