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complimentary

adjective com·pli·men·ta·ry \ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rē\

: expressing praise or admiration for someone or something

: given for free

Full Definition of COMPLIMENTARY

1
a :  expressing praise or admiration :  expressing or containing a compliment <a complimentary remark>
b :  favorable <the novel received complimentary reviews>
2
:  given free as a courtesy or favor <complimentary tickets>
com·pli·men·ta·ri·ly \-ˈmen-t(ə-)rə-lē, -(ˌ)men-ˈter-ə-lē\ adverb

Examples of COMPLIMENTARY

  1. She made complimentary remarks about his work.
  2. They handed out complimentary brochures.
  3. The restaurant offers valet parking as a complimentary service.
  4. Furtado is as complimentary about Elliott's manicure … as she is about Elliott's business acumen. —David A. Keeps, Rolling Stone, 16 Aug. 2001

Origin of COMPLIMENTARY

(see 1compliment)
First Known Use: 1714

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