complimentary

[kom-pluh-men-tuh-ree, -tree]
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adjective

of the nature of, conveying, or expressing a compliment, often one that is politely flattering: a complimentary remark.
given free as a gift or courtesy: a complimentary ticket.

noun, plural com·pli·men·ta·ries.

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

Synonyms for complimentary

1. commendatory, praising, laudatory.

Antonyms for complimentary

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Examples from the Web for complimentarily

Historical Examples of complimentarily

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

  • 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

conveying, containing, or resembling a compliment
expressing praise; flattering
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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