Definition of complementary in English:


Syllabification: com·ple·men·ta·ry
Pronunciation: /ˌkämpləˈment(ə)rē


1Combining in such a way as to enhance or emphasize the qualities of each other or another: three guitarists playing interlocking, complementary parts Internet technology is actually complementary to traditional technologies
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  • As this passage suggests, the argument he is about to undertake is different from, and complementary to, the previous argument concerning the non-contractual aspects of contract.
  • Section five deals with various points of view of the religions and how they are supplementary and complementary to each other.
  • While discovery and choice compete as the basis of identity, knowledge and choice are essentially complementary to each other.
harmonious, compatible, corresponding, matching, twin; supportive, reciprocal, interdependent
1.1 Biochemistry (Of gene sequences, nucleotides, etc.) related by the rules of base pairing.
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  • By using complementary sequences of DNA molecules that were attached to different nanocrystals, small groupings of gold nanocrystals could be formed.
  • The bottom strand of the substrate is the complementary sequence of the top strand.
  • Specific genes are then identified and quantified by hybridization to a labelled DNA probe of a complementary sequence.
2 [attributive] Of or relating to complementary medicine: complementary therapies such as aromatherapy
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  • The most popular complementary therapies among participants were Diet, Herbalism, Homeopathy and Aromatherapy.
  • Neil is a senior lecturer at two leading complementary therapy colleges and has two busy homeopathic practices.
  • For this reason, many people turn to complementary therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture and herbal remedies.



Pronunciation: /ˌkämpləˈmentrəlē, -menˈterəlē/
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  • All patients were provided with standard tumor-destructive treatment schedules and complementarily treated with sME or Lentinan during chemotherapy according to treatment protocol.
  • Second, and somewhat complementarily (though based on an independent set of time budgets), bottom subordinates had lower foraging success when any other dominant was present.
  • For this purpose, we employ complementarily the techniques of molecular modeling based on a continuum solvent model and an experimental approach to probe for the HA stability.


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  • For example, the first effect of complementariness would have to be isolated between memory and intelligence.
  • Jernegan sees both a complementariness and an antagonism in this interaction, as well as a degree of synthesis.
  • It is in those intervals that the communion happens, and then you will see the complementariness of the opposites.

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