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

Other Words from mutual

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 couple shared a mutual love of travel and had visited Italy six times, and also traveled throughout Germany, Switzerland and Spain, as well as around the U.S. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, 10 Jan. 2022 Hopes for progress are pretty low, given a mutual lack of trust. David Meyer, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2022 Gad appeared on Saget's podcast, Bob Saget's Here for You, in January 2021, and the pair began a friendship sparked by their mutual appreciation of each other's work. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 10 Jan. 2022 Each played a role in helping a handful of U.S. mutual-fund managers post outsize returns in 2021. Suzanne Mcgee, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2022 Both forged long-term symbiotic relationships with the studios built on mutual back scratching rather than impartial evaluations of a film’s aesthetic merits. Thomas Doherty, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Jan. 2022 Without giving away too much, their life on the lam turns into a riveting odyssey — from mutual anger, fear and suspicions to a gradual revelation. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, 7 Jan. 2022 While the public feud seemed to erupt out of nowhere, the battle had been quietly brewing for years in a tangle of contradictory filings and mutual mistrust. Todd Shields, Bloomberg.com, 6 Jan. 2022 Academic duo encourages the public to embrace mutual care. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022

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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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The first known use of mutual was in the 15th century

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“Mutual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mutual. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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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 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.

Other Words from mutual

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

Other Words from mutual

mutually adverb

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