Definition of complementary in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒmplɪˈmɛnt(ə)ri/


1Combining in such a way as to enhance or emphasize the qualities of each other or another: they had different but complementary skills the second TV network was complementary to the BBC
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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.
harmonizing, harmonious, complementing, supportive, supporting, reciprocal, interdependent, interrelated, compatible, corresponding, matching, twin;
completing, finishing, perfecting
rare complemental
1.1 Biochemistry (Of gene sequences, nucleotides, etc.) related by the rules of base pairing: a pair of complementary oligonucleotides were synthesized
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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] 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.



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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.

Words that rhyme with complementary

alimentary, complimentary, documentary, elementary, parliamentary, rudimentary, sedimentary, supplementary, testamentary

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