What does complementary mean?

Definitions for complementary
ˌkɒm pləˈmɛn tə ri, -tricom·ple·men·ta·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. complementary color, complementaryadjective

    either one of two chromatic colors that when mixed together give white (in the case of lights) or grey (in the case of pigments)

    "yellow and blue are complementaries"

  2. complementaryadjective

    of words or propositions so related that each is the negation of the other

    "`male' and `female' are complementary terms"

  3. complemental, complementary, completingadjective

    acting as or providing a complement (something that completes the whole)


  1. complementaryadjective

    Acting as a complement.

  2. complementaryadjective

    Of the specific pairings of the bases in DNA and RNA.

  3. complementaryadjective

    Pertaining to pairs of properties in quantum mechanics that are inversely related to each other, such as speed & position and energy & time. (See also Heisenberg uncertainty principle.)


  1. complementary

    A complement is something that completes something else. Complement may refer specifically to:


  1. complementary

    Complementary refers to things that complete, enhance, or bring perfection to each other due to their contrasting or matching qualities. This term is widely used in various fields such as mathematics, biology, design, and color theory. It can describe anything from angles that add up to 90 degrees, DNA sequences, to colors that enhance each other when placed side-by-side.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complementaryadjective

    serving to fill out or to complete; as, complementary numbers

  2. Complementarynoun

    one skilled in compliments

  3. Etymology: [See Complimentary.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of complementary in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of complementary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of complementary in a Sentence

  1. Alejandro Lucia:

    Exercise in and of itself isn’t the kind of way to lose weight, it’s complementary to having an ideal body weight.

  2. John Hutchinson:

    What speed giant tyrannosaurs might have normally walked at hasn't been a big question for many studies, but it is still an interesting question. The approach used here is complementary to fancier muscle-based simulation studies and, in a way, to data from fossil footprints, this study covers some new ground in a clever way with an original model. It's interesting and would be useful to integrate with and compare with other approaches in the future.

  3. The Pentagon:

    As we continue to execute the DOD Cloud Strategy, additional contracts are planned for both cloud services and complementary migration and integration solutions necessary to achieve effective cloud adoption.

  4. Valeria Bordone:

    In these countries, characterized by levels of policy support that are in between the other two models, grandparental child care is complementary to public policies rather than substituting them.

  5. Jean Genet:

    When the judge calls the criminal's name out he stands up, and they are immediately linked by a strange biology that makes them both opposite and complementary. The one cannot exist without the other. Which is the sun and which is the shadow? It's well known some criminals have been great men.

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