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I'll start off with an example for context.

Two race car drivers race for the fastest lap time on track X in identical cars. Racer A finishes before Racer B, however it was discovered afterwards that Racer B had a faulty transmission, decreasing his acceleration compared to Racer A. Therefore, it would be reasonable to assume they would have finished at the same time if the transmission from Racer B was functioning properly.

In this case, what non-tangible word would you associate with Racer B? Similar to "cutting him slack", or his "transmission handicap". We would give him __. I was just thinking about this word yesterday, and today it completely slipped my mind. I believe it starts with "com-", but I'm not entirely sure. Help is greatly appreciated!

EDIT: Just remembered: compensation

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Your edit should be an answer, and you should accept it. Unless you're hoping for ...? – hunter2 Jul 9 '13 at 11:38

Give the guy a break.

Or in your Nascar example, (and I hope I'm not going to far out for the pun) a "brake."

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NASCAR is an acronym. Hey, what do you know, a 'right answer'. If you hate it so much here, why don't you make a proper name and settle in? – hunter2 Jul 9 '13 at 11:37

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