com·​ple·​men·​tar·​i·​ty | \ ˌkäm-plə-(ˌ)men-ˈter-ə-tē How to pronounce complementarity (audio) , -mən-, -ˈta-rə- \

Definition of complementarity

1 : the quality or state of being complementary
2 : the complementary relationship of theories explaining the nature of light or other quantized radiation in terms of both electromagnetic waves and particles

Examples of complementarity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The complementarity of these events also increases publicity for both, similar to what occurs for two renowned wine auctions in the U.S.: in Naples in Florida and in Napa Valley in California. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 Innovative approaches that combine indicators from these different kinds of data can demonstrate their consistency and complementarity, exploit the advantages of each and produce novel insights. Deepali Khanna, Forbes, 1 Feb. 2022 Our visions are closely aligned and mutually reinforcing, and the design of the experience draws out this complementarity. Ashoka, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 Romantic love requires complementarity—that is, differences. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2022 Translating his message into the current debate, technology should focus on the complementarity game, not the imitation game. Wired Ideas, Wired, 8 Nov. 2021 Taken together, American and South Korean public opinion on North Korea policy show a strong degree of consensus and complementarity. Scott Snyder, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Investors will often look to assess compatibility and complementarity within the team, as well as enquire about your history of working together. Miruna Girtu, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 So addressing all of their legacies successfully requires many different policy initiatives working hand in hand, or complementarity. Kerry Whigham, The Conversation, 6 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of complementarity

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Complementarity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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com·​ple·​men·​tar·​i·​ty | \ ˌkäm-plə-(ˌ)men-ˈtar-ət-ē, -mən- How to pronounce complementarity (audio) \
plural complementarities

Medical Definition of complementarity

: correspondence in reverse of part of one molecule to part of another: as
a : the arrangement of chemical groups and electric charges that enables a combining group of an antibody to combine with a specific determinant group of an antigen or hapten
b : the correspondence between strands or nucleotides of DNA or sometimes RNA that permits their precise pairing evolution of the contemporary genetic code involving purine-pyrimidine complementarity— Struther Arnott & P. J. Bond


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