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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Instead, the siege mentality has brought the oligarchs and the Kremlin closer together by increasing their mutual dependence, said Alexey Makarkin, analyst at Center of Political Technologies, another Moscow think tank. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Bring Kremlin, Russian Oligarchs Closer Together," 29 Nov. 2018 Claire and Kelsey’s personal lives are entangled this season based on a mutual connection to Tom Yates, Claire’s former lover who last season engaged in an impromptu act of intimacy with Kelsey in the White House press room. Lonnie Firestone, Glamour, "House of Cards' Final Season Is About Women Gaining Power—at the Expense of Other Women," 10 Nov. 2018 The state’s Office of Emergency Services’ key focus on managing a robust mutual-aid system among jurisdictions helped reduce losses and ameliorate suffering. Costas Synolakis, WSJ, "Lessons From the Paradise Fire," 18 Nov. 2018 Hermione eventually storms out to do damage control as mayor, telling her husband and daughter that one day their mutual obsession with Archie Andrews will destroy them all. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 5: Can Archie Escape From a Teenage Fight Club?!," 15 Nov. 2018 Future research can examine universes with different strengths of the strong nuclear force, the strongest known force between particles, which binds protons together in atomic nuclei, despite their mutual repulsion, Howe said. Charles Q. Choi, Space.com, "Why Alternate Universes Might Also Host Life Around their Stars," 26 Sep. 2018 And although the atmosphere was tense at times, several back-and-forths ended with mutual agreement on at least one subject: People should talk to each other. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "For the first time since Sanders' visit, the Red Hen opens amid protests," 5 July 2018 Will Rollins, who knew Casey through a mutual friend, set up a Facebook event page to help coordinate search efforts after the friend told him Casey was still missing Tuesday afternoon. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Off-road groups search for missing man at Lake Pleasant," 27 June 2018 The defense lawyers argued that Knight was there as muscle, to settle a dispute between Baptista and yet another mutual friend. Rafael Olmeda, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Judge turns down self-defense claim in Miramar manslaughter case," 26 June 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.

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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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