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I'm writing a paragraph comparing working and volunteering and I'm looking for a word to say that a person will be compensated if he is an employee but a volunteer won't, what is the best word that fits? working is ______ but volunteering is not. I found the word 'compensative' but I don't think it's correct to use it.

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    Maybe paid or stipendiary? Is that what you're looking for? Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 21:13
  • @Diego - I agree that paid is a good suggestion, but think that stipendiary would be just as awkward and cumbersome as compensative.
    – J.R.
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 21:23
  • @J.R. Fair enough. So rewarded can fit as well. Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 21:27
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    Working is paid but volunteering is not. To do paid work, to do unpaid work i.e. volunteering.
    – Lambie
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 22:16
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    Volunteer work is unpaid by definition. There isn't really a need to describe it. Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 0:19

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Perhaps "remunerated" fits the bill? From M-W online: "to pay an equivalent for". For example: "their services were generously remunerated".

"Compensated" would fit as well.

Maybe paid is the word you are looking for. Working is paid but volunteering is not. To do paid work, to do unpaid work i.e. volunteering. Volunteer work is unpaid by definition. There isn't really a need to describe it.

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