Complementariness



[kom-pluh-men-tuh-ree, -tree] /ˌkɒm pləˈmɛn tə ri, -tri/

adjective
1.
forming a ; completing.
2.
each other.
noun, plural complementaries.
3.
(def 1).
/ˌkɒmplɪˈmɛntərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
acting as or forming a complement; completing
2.
forming a satisfactory or balanced whole
3.
forming a mathematical complement: sine and cosine are complementary functions
4.
(maths, logic) (of a pair of sets, etc) mutually exclusive and exhaustive, each being the complement of the other
5.
(of genes) producing an effect in association with other genes
6.
involving or using the treatments and techniques of complementary medicine
adj.

1620s, “ceremonious,” from complement + -ary. Sense “forming a complement” attested from 1829, earliest in complementary colors.

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