compen'satory length'ening

Historical Ling.
the lengthening of a vowel when a following consonant is weakened or lost, as the change from Old English niht (nikht) to night (nīt), with loss of (kh) and lengthening of (i) to a vowel that eventually became (ī).

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compensatory damagescompère


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