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complementarity

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being complementary: "This is where the complementarity of the masculine and the feminine so acutely emerges. They are the necessary poles of a dialectic process” ( Therese Namenek).

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  • n. The state of being complementary

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the interrelation of reciprocity whereby one thing supplements or depends on the other
  • n. a relation between two opposite states or principles that together exhaust the possibilities

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Examples

  • I was so stunned by Oz’z misuse of the term complementarity that I didn’t even notice Gary’s response.

    TV alert | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • The word complementarity was coined in 1998 when Sarkisian's predecessor, Robert Kocharian, was elected president to describe the country's policy of staying friends with its military ally, Russia, and the United States, which has a large Armenian diaspora as well as Europe and Iran.

    Institute for War & Peace Reporting:

  • This is the matter of black hole complementarity, which is that the observers outside and inside a black hole observe the same field amplitudes, but in complementary forms.

    The Black Hole War

  • OZ: There's a concept called complementarity, just to blown your brain for a second.

    CNN Transcript Oct 19, 2007

  • But it's the notion of complementarity that has become particularly important in the current socioeconomic context, which combines a fragile recovery and widespread unemployment

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  • Searching for them and working to improve their complementarity is our logical choice of action, when caught in the jaws of IPCC declared needs for action and citizen resistance to change induce by political action.

    Grist - the Latest from Grist

  • It can also block prosecutions by invoking the ICC tenet of "complementarity," which recognizes national courts as having the first call for instituting legal proceedings.

    Betwa Sharma: Not Enough Justice? Not Enough Courts?

  • He defended a sacred "complementarity" of the sexes, essentially relegating women to the service of others and to her own biology, from which she is cautioned not to seek "liberation."

    Angela Bonavoglia: Benedict in America: The Man Show

  • Decision making (for example, deciding whether we should invest in conservation of area A or area B) may require only estimates of relative gains in represented variation offered by different places (their "complementarity" values).

    Biodiversity

  • In this way, formally generalized concepts such as complementarity and entanglement can be applied to phenomena in both mental and material domains.

    Quantum Approaches to Consciousness

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