Definitions of complementary

  1.   of words or propositions so related that each is the negation of the other; "` male' and ` female' are complementary terms"
  2.   Forming, or of the nature of, a complement, or completing part; complementary angles, two angles which together make a right angle, or 90 degrees.
  3.   either one of two chromatic colors that when mixed together give white ( in the case of lights) or gray ( in the case of pigments); " yellow and blue are complementaries"
  4.   of words so related that each is the negation of the other; "` male' and ` female' are complementary terms"
  5.   One skilled in compliments.
  6.   Supplying a deficiency.
  7.   acting as or providing a complement ( something that completes the whole)
  8.   Serving to fill out or to complete; as, complementary numbers.
  9.   Filling up; completing; supplying a deficiency.

Antonyms for complementary

subtractive, synonymous, nonreciprocal.

Quotes of complementary

  1. Humanism and Divinity are as complementary to one another in theorder of culture, as are Nature and Grace in the order of being. – Christopher Dawson
  2. The new formula in physics describes humans as paradoxical beings who have two complementary aspects: They can show properties of Newtonian objects and also infinite fields of consciousness. – Stanislav Grof
  3. At no point do I wish to be in conflict with any man or masculine thought. It doesn't enter my consciousness. Art is anonymous. It's not competitive with men. It's a complementary contribution. – Barbara Hepworth
  4. We are looking for targets that have a tremendous strategic fit for the company. The colleges must have complementary education programs, have an excellent reputation, long operating history and solid regulatory compliance. – John B. Larson
  5. India and Japan should develop a complementary relationship in information technology. – Yoshiro Mori
  6. The fact disclosed by a survey of the past that majorities have been wrong must not blind us to the complementary fact that majorities have usually not been entirely wrong. – Herbert Spencer
  7. Todd and I have a very complementary working style. – Sam Wood

Usage examples for complementary

  1. Controlled expression is the essence of culture, because it alone makes a sufficiently clear appeal in a world which is itself the result of the innumerable interplay of complementary or dual laws and forces. ” – Another Sheaf by John Galsworthy
  2. What is the complementary colour of blue, grey, and orange? ” – Modern Painting by George Moore
  3. Obviously, the complementary relation exhibited here is of mutual benefit. ” – The Prospective Mother A Handbook for Women During Pregnancy by J. Morris Slemons
  4. Redbud and dogwood are in part complementary in distribution, each forming an understory in parts of the woodland where the leaf canopy of larger trees is not too dense. ” – The Forest Habitat of the University of Kansas Natural History Reservation by Henry S. Fitch Ronald L. McGregor
  5. The assertion is as old as the century; as is also the complementary ignorance of the real influence of an inferior military or naval force in contemporary policy, when such force either is favored by position, or can incline decisively, to one side or the other, the scales in a doubtful balance. ” – Lessons of the war with Spain and other articles by Alfred T. Mahan
  6. The more mutual the attraction is,- complementary or otherwise,- the more condensed and powerful teaching can it be made the conductor of. ” – The Lost Art of Reading by Gerald Stanley Lee
  7. These complementary phases may best work themselves out by separate organization and machinery, although articulating at every point; and this would be true if for no other reason than that a different class of persons, and a different method of procedure, attached to each movement. ” –  by
  8. But these means are simply complementary – Renée Mauperin by Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  9. “ Schopenhauer's attempt, by combination of sensibilities to 'light' and 'darkness, ' to explain the phenomena of complementary colours, deserves at least a record in the long series of essays of which the best known are the 'Young- Helmholtz theory' and that of Hering. ” – Schopenhauer by Thomas Whittaker
  10. All that it lacks are the complementary figures of the subsequent seventeen years, and these figures, which I shall presently add, do not affect the conflict of principles, though they throw into more vivid relief than ever the outcome of conflicting principles. ” – The Framework of Home Rule by Erskine Childers
  11. They are then available for compilation, complementary synthesis, and on- going refinement. ” – Humanistic-Nursing by Paterson, Josephine G.
  12. “ I had permitted him to hold a limited number of shares and to act nominally as secretary in order to comply with the regulations of the Security and Exchange Commission, but now it was expedient to add to our officers directors of other companies whose fields were complementary to ours. ” – Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore
  13. If we divide humanity into classes according to type, in each division will be found the male with his complementary female. ” – Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner
  14. The Gaelic movement, on the other hand, acts more directly upon the individual, and the two forces are therefore in a sense complementary to each other. ” – Ireland In The New Century by Horace Plunkett
  15. Upon this dual spiral, which reflects the seven rays of the solar spectrum is produced seven musical notes; one half of the spiral in sound and color being the complementary of the other half. ” – The-Light-of-Egypt-or-the-science-of-the-soul-and-the-stars-Volume-2 by Burgoyne, Thomas H.
  16. It was incredible to him that a Sentient Being who perpetually accumulated experience, who grew riper and riper, more and more full of such knowledge as was native to himself and complementary to his nature, should at the very crisis of his success in all things intellectual and emotional, cease suddenly. ” – On Nothing & Kindred Subjects by Hilaire Belloc
  17. Having barely time for a rapid survey of these complementary subjects, he elects only the introductory courses. ” – An American at Oxford by John Corbin
  18. What now are the complementary conditions? ” – Pragmatism A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking by William James
  19. They are only complementary as meat and drink to the hungry. ” – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts