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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But Walton’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said there’s still mutual interest in a return. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "Tyler Johnson contract creating challenges, and these interesting future options for Heat," 12 July 2018 That means the mutual interest is high and Louisville is one of the top contenders for the player. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "U of L Insider: Why the next few weeks are vital for Chris Mack, Cards," 9 July 2018 The mutual friend, whose name is also redacted from the report, gave police a different version of that night. Will Hobson, chicagotribune.com, "LeSean McCoy's 2015 'females only' party generated police complaint from co-host," 13 July 2018 The pair were introduced by a mutual friend, connected deeply, and felt drawn to create something to promote Stern’s message. Kathryn Romeyn, latimes.com, "Jewelry designer and makeup artist team up to spread their golden rule: Love Yourself," 12 July 2018 She was introduced to Frank Garvis by a mutual friend. courant.com, "Mary Ann Garvis," 8 July 2018 Key role as a transshipment hub Energy is the first area of mutual benefit. David Isaac, Jewish Journal, "Israel and China start conversation about mutual ties," 11 July 2018 The summit concentrated on areas of mutual concern, which mostly means security. The Economist, "Thanks to Boris Johnson, a farcical west-Balkan summit in London," 11 July 2018 The Pewaukee fire department received mutual aid from Merton, Sussex and Lisbon fire departments. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pewaukee fire started by grill causes $50,000 in damages," 10 July 2018

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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.

Other Words from mutual

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

Other Words from mutual

mutually adverb

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