mutual

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

Definition of mutual

  1. 1a :  directed by each toward the other or the others mutual affectionb :  having the same feelings one for the other they had long been mutual enemiesc :  shared in common enjoying their mutual hobbyd :  joint to their mutual advantage

  2. 2 :  characterized by intimacy mutual contacts

  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

mutually

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Examples of mutual in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners

mutual

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Definition of mutual for English Language Learners

  • : shared between two or more people or groups

  • : shared by two or more people or groups


MUTUAL Defined for Kids

mutual

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adjective mu·tu·al \ˈmyü-chə-wəl\

Definition of mutual for Students

  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.

mutually

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Law Dictionary

mutual

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adjective mu·tu·al \ˈmyü-chə-wəl\

Legal Definition of mutual

  1. 1 :  directed by each toward the other :  reciprocal mutual orders of protection in domestic violence cases — L. H. Schafran and Norman Wikler

  2. 2 :  shared in common :  joint spouses' mutual obligation to support children of their marriage — Louisiana Civil Code

  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

mutually

adverb


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