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COMPLIMENTARY VS. COMPLEMENTARY
What’s the difference between complimentary and complementary?
Complimentary is an adjective that can describe something intended to be a compliment—a comment that expresses praise or admiration of someone (as in a complimentary remark). It can also be used to mean that something is given for free, as in I hope we get complimentary snacks on this flight. Complementary is an adjective used to describe something that complements something else—goes along with it and serves to make it better or complete it (as in complementary colors).
Since the primary senses of both words are generally used in positive contexts, it can be easy to confuse them.
The easiest way to remember the difference is that complementary often involves something that completes something else, and complete also starts with c-o-m-p-l-e. On the other hand, you can remember that complimentary is spelled with an i because compliments are something that I like to get (and give). Nice shirt, by the way.
Here’s an example of complimentary and complementary used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: Sometimes, when the chef overhears complimentary feedback about a dish, she sends out a complimentary bottle of wine—one that’s complementary to the rest of the meal, of course.
Want to learn more? Read about the difference between compliment and complement.
Quiz yourself on complimentary vs. complementary!
Should complimentary or complementary be used in the following sentence?
My comment was meant to be _____—I really do like your shoes!
How to use complimentary in a sentence
Meliá Hotels International, for instance, set up complimentary antigen testing at 10 of its hotels in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
In the early months of the pandemic, hotels were loading up guests with complimentary masks and hand sanitizer.
He says he never eats in hotels and describes the “disappointment” of throwing away complimentary cake provided by hotel staff.
For example, complimentary tutoring and virtual after-school programs will be offered for the children of employees.Bosses are expressing gratitude all wrong. 7 better ways to be thankful this holiday season|Mitra Kalita|December 16, 2020|Fortune
It’s kind of like looking at a table of contents of the New York Times over the past 20 years — and I mean that not in a complimentary way to the New York Times.5 Psychology Terms You’re Probably Misusing (Ep. 334 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|January 9, 2020|Freakonomics
Disparagement painted over with the brushstrokes of complimentary praise is still disparagement.Dear White People: Well-Meaning Paternalism Is Still Racist|Chloé Valdary|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And so, NPR, please prepare a complimentary tote bag for Mr. Cantor.Bill de Blasio Mayoral Win Signals Working Families Party Ascendancy|David Freedlander|November 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis has been called a lot of things, most of them complimentary.The Onion Tweets That Quvenzhané Wallis Is the C-Word|Tricia Romano|February 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Complimentary and grateful, the president also allowed himself a moment of reflection.Five Moments From President Obama & Hillary Clinton’s ‘60 Minutes’ Interview|Ben Teitelbaum|January 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The punchline, which Rivers argued was complimentary, concerned the first lady: “We used to have Jackie O, now we have Blackie O!”
It was somebody else, whose name he had forgotten, but of whom he went on to speak in not very complimentary terms.
Having had time to consider the Budget proposals in detail Mr. Asquith was less complimentary and more critical.
He was young to be a colonel, but the title was merely nominal and complimentary, and not given for any service to his country.
“You are very complimentary,” said Katie, with a glance at her cousin, which threw that young lady into silent convulsions.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands|R.M. Ballantyne
"You aren't very complimentary to us," Frank grumbled, as he hunched himself over the wheel of Mollie's car.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle|Laura Lee Hope