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reciprocal

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adjective re·cip·ro·cal \ri-ˈsi-prə-kəl\

Simple Definition of reciprocal

  • —used to describe a relationship in which two people or groups agree to do something similar for each other, to allow each other to have the same rights, etc.

Full Definition of reciprocal

  1. 1 a :  inversely related :  opposite b :  of, constituting, or resulting from paired crosses in which the kind that supplies the male parent of the first cross supplies the female parent of the second cross and vice versa

  2. 2 :  shared, felt, or shown by both sides

  3. 3 :  serving to reciprocate :  consisting of or functioning as a return in kind <the reciprocal devastation of nuclear war>

  4. 4 a :  mutually corresponding <agreed to extend reciprocal privileges to each other's citizens> b :  marked by or based on reciprocity <reciprocal trade agreements>

re·cip·ro·cal·ly play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of reciprocal

  1. <the two nations agreed to give reciprocal work rights to each other's citizens, thus facilitating the daily border crossings of workers from both countries>



Origin of reciprocal

Latin reciprocus returning the same way, alternating


First Known Use: 1570


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reciprocal

noun re·cip·ro·cal

Definition of reciprocal

  1. 1 :  something in a reciprocal relationship to another

  2. 2 :  either of a pair of numbers (as 23 and 32 or 9 and 19) whose product is one; broadly :  multiplicative inverse



1570

First Known Use of reciprocal

1570


RECIPROCAL Defined for Kids

reciprocal

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noun re·cip·ro·cal \ri-ˈsi-prə-kəl\

Definition of reciprocal

  1. :  one of a pair of numbers (as 9 and 19, 23 and 32) whose product is one




Medical Dictionary

reciprocal

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adjective re·cip·ro·cal \ri-ˈsip-rə-kəl\

Medical Definition of reciprocal

  1. 1:  inversely related

  2. 2:  of, constituting, or resulting from paired crosses in which the kind that supplies the male parent of the first cross supplies the female parent of the second cross and vice versa

  3. 3:  shared, felt, or shown by both sides





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