mutual

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

Definition of mutual

1a : 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 to their mutual advantage
2 : characterized by intimacy mutual contacts
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

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mutually adverb

Examples of mutual in a Sentence

Mutual love and respect was the key to their successful marriage. The partnership was based on mutual admiration and understanding. countries relying on mutual support during difficult times our mutual hobby of car racing It was a mutual effort. We had a mutual agreement not to tell our secret.
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Kim contacted me through our mutual friend Stella Schnabel. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“I Think Fashion and Art Meet Together like a Finely Knit Sweater”—Raymond Pettibon Discusses His Dior Men Collaboration," 11 Feb. 2019 The idea for Kikoko tea came from a mutual friend, Jan, who used cannabis as an alternative to pharmaceuticals to treat pain, nausea, anxiety, insomnia, and loss of appetite during her battle with ovarian cancer. Steffi Victorioso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Local Women Are Hosting Fancy “High Teas” With the Help of a Cannabis Brand," 29 May 2018 The team of mostly Ukrainians were climbing with Seven Summits Treks outfitters and were invited to take part in the stunt by ASKfm through a mutual friend of the group’s leader, Taras Pozdnii. Ash Routen, Outside Online, "A Climber Left $50,000 on the Top of Everest," 23 May 2018 Slabiak and Hruby met at the Union Square Greenmarket two years ago, when they were introduced by chef Chris Fischer, a mutual friend. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "Hesperios Founder Autumn Hruby Just Opened a Cafe in Her Dreamy Manhattan Shop," 21 May 2018 Toward the end of college, Lord began climbing fourteeners, spurred by a mutual friend and classmate, Andy Terhune. The Atlantic, "Is Social Media Luring Hikers Into 'Death Gully'?," 17 May 2018 China has called for the building of mutual trust through the suspension of large-scale US and South Korean war games in return for a halt of the North's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests. Christopher Bodeen, The Christian Science Monitor, "China steps in to urge North Korea to go through with US summit," 16 May 2018 The latest climate survey conducted by the District 113 Education Association (DEA) revealed that 87 percent of teachers responding to the survey do not believe there is an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect in the district. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Board members respond to criticism of Dist. 113 superintendent's leadership," 15 May 2018 It's evolved but there's always been a trust, a mutual understanding with us. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sam Heughan on What the Outlander Finale Means for Season 5: "It's Going to Be Tough"," 28 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of mutual

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mutual

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

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mutual

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mutual

: shared between two or more people or groups
: shared by two or more people or groups

mutual

adjective
mu·​tu·​al | \ ˈmyü-chə-wəl \

Kids Definition of mutual

1 : given and received in equal amount mutual affection
2 : having the same relation to one another They are mutual enemies.
3 : shared by two or more at the same time It turns out we have a mutual friend.

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mutually adverb

mutual

adjective
mu·​tu·​al | \ ˈmyü-chə-wəl \

Legal Definition of mutual

1 : directed by each toward the other : reciprocal mutual orders of protection in domestic violence cases— L. H. Schafran and Norman Wikler
2 : shared in common : joint spouses' mutual obligation to support children of their marriageLouisiana Civil Code
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

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