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complimentary

[kom-pluh-men-tuh-ree, -tree]
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adjective
  1. of the nature of, conveying, or expressing a compliment, often one that is politely flattering: a complimentary remark.
  2. given free as a gift or courtesy: a complimentary ticket.
noun, plural com·pli·men·ta·ries.
  1. something given or supplied without charge, as lodging, transportation, or meals, especially as an inducement to prospective customers.

Origin of complimentary

First recorded in 1620–30; compliment + -ary
Related formscom·pli·men·ta·ri·ly, adverbcom·pli·men·ta·ri·ness, nounin·ter·com·pli·men·ta·ry, adjectivequa·si-com·pli·men·ta·ry, adjectiveun·com·pli·men·ta·ry, adjective

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1. commendatory, praising, laudatory.

Antonyms

1. abusive, unflattering.
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Examples from the Web for complimentarily

Historical Examples

  • "That's very Yankee-like, I believe," he said complimentarily.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock

    T. S. Stribling

  • It complimentarily introduces a hint or two of Wagner's Grail motif.

  • I allude to the burning noonday sun, that makes this close-shut valley, as it is complimentarily called, a veritable furnace.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards


British Dictionary definitions for complimentarily

complimentary

adjective
  1. conveying, containing, or resembling a compliment
  2. expressing praise; flattering
  3. given free, esp as a courtesy or for publicity purposes
Derived Formscomplimentarily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for complimentarily

complimentary

adj.

1620s, "conveying a compliment," from compliment (n.) + -ary. In later use loosely meaning "free of charge."

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