Definition of supplementary in English:


Line breaks: sup|ple¦men|tary
Pronunciation: /ˌsʌplɪˈmɛnt(ə)ri


noun (plural supplementaries)

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  • 1A supplementary person or thing.
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    • Obviously we are a panel of three and different members of the panel will explore different issues, but we may well ask supplementaries in order that we can ensure that the areas on which we require further information are well explored.
    • To dismiss his band mates as supplementary would be totally unjust as besides some pretty half-hearted vocals that seem to have been added as an afterthought there's a level of freewheeling invention that surpasses most.
  • 1.1British A question asked in parliament following the answer to a tabled one.
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    • Things like the number of questions and supplementaries asked at Question Time, for example - or the number of speeches given in debate, or the number of written questions lodged.
    • His shouting the answer that he has given to an earlier answer does not address the question, which - unlike many supplementaries - actually followed on from what the Minister said.
    • I think it is just fair to say that following these introductory remarks I will lead on the questions and my colleagues will also contribute with supplementaries, if they are so minded.



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  • Ketogenic milk was introduced supplementarily in 55 patients and exclusively in five patients.
  • Thus, the steam-turbine generator may be supplementarily fired in addition to the waste heat.
  • Several Mesozoic bivalves from Japan, which were overlooked in the preparation of the present catalogue or described after the completion of this manuscript, are supplementarily listed below.

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