complementarity

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complementarity

[kom-pluh-men-tar-i-tee]
noun
the quality or state of being complementary.

Origin:
1910–15; complementar(y) + -ity

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complementarity (ˌkɒmplɪmənˈtærɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  a state or system that involves complementary components
2.  physics See also duality the principle that the complete description of a phenomenon in microphysics requires the use of two distinct theories that are complementary to each other

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complementarity
1911, a term in physics, from complement.
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complementarity com·ple·men·tar·i·ty (kŏm'plə-měn-tār'ĭ-tē)
n.

  1. The correspondence or similarity between nucleotides or strands of nucleotides of DNA and RNA molecules that allows precise pairing.

  2. The affinity that an antigen and an antibody have for each other as a result of the chemical arrangement of their combining sites.

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complementarity   (kŏm'plə-mən-târ'ĭ-tē)  Pronunciation Key 
The concept that the underlying properties of entities (especially subatomic particles) may manifest themselves in contradictory forms at different times, depending on the conditions of observation; thus, any physical model of an entity exclusively in terms of one form or the other will be necessarily incomplete. For example, although a unified quantum mechanical understanding of such phenomena as light has been developed, light sometimes exhibits properties of waves and sometimes properties of particles (an example of wave-particle duality). See also uncertainty principle.
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Example sentences
There is a deep complementarity between individual agency and social
  arrangements.
It may seem offensive that a cigarette company is using an ancient symbol of
  complementarity to market tolerance toward smokers.
Keep that in mind, and now let's introduce the second key ingredient: horizon
  complementarity.
Well, that may or may not be physically justified in principle if you believe
  in holographic complementarity.
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