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English definition of “complementary”

complementary

adjective uk   /ˌkɒm.plɪˈmen.tər.i/ us    /ˈkɑːm.plɪˈmen.t̬ɚ-/
useful or attractive together: complementary colours/flavours/skills My family and my job both play an important part in my life, fulfilling separate but complementary needs.Balance and imbalance
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