sup·​ple·​men·​tal ˌsə-plə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce supplemental (audio)
: serving to supplement
: nonscheduled
a supplemental airline
supplemental noun

Examples of supplemental in a Sentence

She receives a supplemental income every month from the government. the new program will provide supplemental health insurance to thousands of workers
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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of supplemental was in 1605

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Cite this Entry

“Supplemental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


sup·​ple·​men·​tal ˌsəp-lə-ˈment-ᵊl How to pronounce supplemental (audio)
: serving to supplement : supplementary

Legal Definition


sup·​ple·​men·​tal ˌsə-plə-ˈment-ᵊl How to pronounce supplemental (audio)
: serving to complete or make an addition
supplemental appropriations
specifically : of, relating to, or being a supplemental pleading
supplemental noun
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