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complimentary

[kom-pluh-men-tuh-ree, -tree] /ˌkɒm pləˈmɛn tə ri, -tri/
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 complimentaries.
3.
something given or supplied without charge, as lodging, transportation, or meals, especially as an inducement to prospective customers.
Origin of complimentary
1620-1630
First recorded in 1620-30; compliment + -ary
Related forms
complimentarily, adverb
complimentariness, noun
intercomplimentary, adjective
quasi-complimentary, adjective
uncomplimentary, adjective
Synonyms
1. commendatory, praising, laudatory.
Antonyms
1. abusive, unflattering.
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Examples from the Web for complimentary
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  • The letter was most courteous, most complimentary, most wooing.

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I know I'm not scientific, but I honestly did mean to be complimentary.

  • Suppose I've got somethin' on—on what complimentary folks like you would call my mind.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Nor was it merely kind or complimentary they were; they were confidential.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • "You are not complimentary, at all events," he said quietly at length.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
British Dictionary definitions for complimentary

complimentary

/ˌkɒmplɪˈmɛntərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
conveying, containing, or resembling a compliment
2.
expressing praise; flattering
3.
given free, esp as a courtesy or for publicity purposes
Derived Forms
complimentarily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for complimentary
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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