Meaning of COMPLEMENTARY in English

COMPLEMENTARY

1.

Complementary things are different from each other but make a good combination. (FORMAL)

To improve the quality of life through work, two ~ strategies are necessary...

He has done experiments ~ to those of Eigen.

ADJ: usu ADJ n, also v-link ADJ to n

complementarity

...the complementarity between public and private authorities.

N-UNCOUNT

2.

Complementary medicine refers to ways of treating patients which are different from the ones used by most Western doctors, for example acupuncture and homoeopathy.

...combining orthodox treatment with a wide range of ~ therapies.

= alternative

? orthodox, conventional

ADJ: ADJ n

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