mutual

adjective
mu·​tu·​al | \ ˈmyü-chə-wəl How to pronounce mutual (audio) , -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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Recent Examples on the Web The day came sooner than expected after Scorpo read Martin Addison's story on a GoFundMe page for his family that was posted on social media by a mutual friend. NBC News, "A club nobody 'wanted to join': How Covid widows are finding support through Facebook," 1 Jan. 2021 Christopher Madkour, Executive Director of the Huntsville Museum of Art, met Vanderbilt in 2000 through their mutual friend, the writer Dominic Dunne. al, "Gloria Vanderbilt artwork on display at Huntsville Museum of Art," 30 Dec. 2020 Cyr had met Provost this year through a mutual friend, Riley said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Town mourns Coventry teens killed in crash," 30 Dec. 2020 Manziel, 28, connected with FCF co-founder and CEO Sohrob Farudi through a mutual friend. Barry Werner, USA TODAY, "Report: Johnny Manziel to play in Fan Controlled Football League," 30 Dec. 2020 Egypt was the first Arab country to recognize Israel more than 40 years ago, but the nation’s relationship with it shows the challenges of translating government ties, often driven by mutual security interests, into grass roots goodwill. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "As Arab States Recognize Israel, Egypt’s ‘Cold Peace’ Points to Challenges Ahead," 16 Dec. 2020 O’Banion met his co-founder, Jonathan Abelmann, through a mutual friend after Abelmann moved from San Francisco to Dallas. Alexa Vickaryous, Dallas News, "Dallas life insurance startup Bestow makes big push into 47 states with online platform," 1 Dec. 2020 Its origins go back to 2014, when a mutual friend first suggested that Jennings and Gossard work together. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "Mason Jennings, Stone Gossard 'off and running' in new band Painted Shield," 22 Nov. 2020 In real life, Charles and Diana’s second meeting occurred in 1980, when the two were invited to stay at a mutual friend’s house in Sussex. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "How Accurate Is The Crown’s Portrayal Of Prince Charles & Princess Diana’s First Meeting?," 15 Nov. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

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“Mutual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mutual. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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mutual

adjective
How to pronounce mutual (audio)

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 How to pronounce mutual (audio) \

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 How to pronounce mutual (audio) \

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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