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Related to complementarity: Complementarity principle, Complementarity determining region
1. The state or quality of being complementary.
2. The proposition that the underlying properties of entities, especially subatomic particles, may manifest themselves in mutually exclusive forms at different times, depending on the conditions of the observation, and that any physical model that describes entities in terms of one form or the other will be incomplete.
n, pl -ties
1. a state or system that involves complementary components
2. (General Physics) physics the principle that the complete description of a phenomenon in microphysics requires the use of two distinct theories that are complementary to each other. See also duality2
com•ple•men•tar•i•ty(ˌkɒm plə mɛnˈtær ɪ ti)
the quality or state of being complementary.
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|Noun||1.||complementarity - a relation between two opposite states or principles that together exhaust the possibilities|
ungradable opposition - an opposition that has no intermediate grade; either one or the other
|2.||complementarity - the interrelation of reciprocity whereby one thing supplements or depends on the other; "the complementarity of the sexes"|