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1reciprocal

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

—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
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
:  shared, felt, or shown by both sides
3
:  serving to reciprocate :  consisting of or functioning as a return in kind <the reciprocal devastation of nuclear war>
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 \-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

2reciprocal

noun

Definition of RECIPROCAL

1
:  something in a reciprocal relationship to another
2
:  either of a pair of numbers (as 23 and 32 or 9 and 19) whose product is one; broadly :  multiplicative inverse

First Known Use of RECIPROCAL

1570
RECIPROCAL Defined for Kids

reciprocal

noun re·cip·ro·cal \ri-ˈsi-prə-kəl\

Definition of RECIPROCAL for Kids

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

reciprocal

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

Medical Definition of RECIPROCAL

1
:  inversely related
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
:  shared, felt, or shown by both sides
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