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mutual

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adjective mu·tu·al \ˈmyü-chə-wəl, -chəl, -chü-əl; ˈmyüch-wəl\

Simple Definition of mutual

  • : shared between two or more people or groups

  • : shared by two or more people or groups

Full Definition of mutual

  1. 1 a :  directed by each toward the other or the others <mutual affection> b :  having the same feelings one for the other <they had long been mutual enemies> c :  shared in common <enjoying their mutual hobby> d :  joint

  2. 2 :  characterized by intimacy

  3. 3 :  of or relating to a plan whereby the members of an organization share in the profits and expenses; specifically :  of, relating to, or taking the form of an insurance method in which the policyholders constitute the members of the insuring company

mu·tu·al·ly adverb

Examples of mutual

  1. Mutual love and respect was the key to their successful marriage.

  2. The partnership was based on mutual admiration and understanding.

  3. countries relying on mutual support during difficult times

  4. our mutual hobby of car racing

  5. It was a mutual effort.

  6. We had a mutual agreement not to tell our secret.



Origin of mutual

Middle French mutuel, from Latin mutuus lent, borrowed, mutual, from mutare to change — more at mutable


First Known Use: 15th century



MUTUAL Defined for Kids

mutual

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adjective mu·tu·al \ˈmyü-chə-wəl\

Definition of mutual

  1. 1 :  given and received in equal amount <mutual affection>

  2. 2 :  having the same relation to one another <They are mutual enemies.>

  3. 3 :  shared by two or more at the same time <It turns out we have a mutual friend.>

mu·tu·al·ly adverb




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