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Complement or complementary refers to a thing or an amount that completes something. Compliment or complimentary refers to something that is given as praise or is free.

A complementary experimental technique, based on impact velocity ratio, provides the necessary data to move the analysis to the next phase.

Despite the compliments of the assessment team on our excellent progress, serious maintenance issues remain.

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