complementary


com·ple·men·ta·ry

adjective \ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē\

: completing something else or making it better : serving as a complement

—used of two things when each adds something to the other or helps to make the other better

: going together well : working well together

Full Definition of COMPLEMENTARY

1
:  relating to or constituting one of a pair of contrasting colors that produce a neutral color when combined in suitable proportions
2
:  serving to fill out or complete
3
:  mutually supplying each other's lack
4
:  being complements of each other (see 1complement) <complementary acute angles>
5
:  characterized by the capacity for precise pairing of purine and pyrimidine bases between strands of DNA and sometimes RNA such that the structure of one strand determines the other
com·ple·men·ta·ri·ly \-ˈmen-t(ə-)rə-lē, -(ˌ)men-ˈter-ə-lē, -ˈta-rə-\ adverb
com·ple·men·ta·ri·ness \-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē-nəs\ noun
complementary noun

Examples of COMPLEMENTARY

  1. She wore a new outfit with a complementary scarf.
  2. My spouse and I have complementary goals.
  3. … hot and sour soup encapsulates the Taoist principle central to Chinese culture: yin and yang, the notion of balancing the universe's opposing yet complementary forces. —Rebecca Hays, Cook's Illustrated, January & February 2006

Origin of COMPLEMENTARY

(see 1complement)
First Known Use: 1829

com·ple·men·ta·ry

adjective \ˌkäm-plə-ˈment-ə-rē, -ˈmen-trē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COMPLEMENTARY

1
: relating to or constituting one of a pair of contrasting colors that produce a neutral color when combined in suitable proportions
2
: characterized by molecular complementarity; especially : characterized by the capacity for precise pairing of purine and pyrimidine bases between strands of DNA and sometimes RNA such that the structure of one strand determines the other
com·ple·men·ta·ri·ly \-ˈmen-trə-lē, -(ˌ)men-ˈter-ə-lē, -ˈment-ə-rə-lē\ adverb
com·ple·men·ta·ri·ness \-ˈment-ə-rē-nəs, -ˈmen-trē-\ noun

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