: serving to fill out or complete
- … their economies are more complementary than competitive …
- —William Petersen
: mutually supplying each other's lack
- … the complementary relationship that binds the two.
- —Colin S. Gray
: relating to or constituting one of a pair of contrasting colors that produce a neutral color when combined in suitable proportions
: being complements of each other
- complementary acute angles
: 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
: of, relating to, or based on complementary medicine
- Cancer, for example, might be treated by blending the best of the Western medicine … with complementary approaches that could include … acupuncture, nutrition, herbs and massage.
- —Julie Deardorff
\ˌkäm-plə-ˈmen-t(ə-)rə-lē, -(ˌ)men-ˈter-ə-lē, -ˈta-rə-\