- 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.
- something given or supplied without charge, as lodging, transportation, or meals, especially as an inducement to prospective customers.
Origin of complimentary
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1. commendatory, praising, laudatory.
1. abusive, unflattering.
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Examples from the Web for complimentarily
"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.Contemporary American Composers
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
- conveying, containing, or resembling a compliment
- expressing praise; flattering
- given free, esp as a courtesy or for publicity purposes
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Word Origin and History for complimentarily
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