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 Like the last one, there is a mutual opt-out provision after six years. Washington Post, "WNBA’s 8-year labor deal to hike average salary to $130,000," 15 Jan. 2020 Like the last one, there is a mutual opt-out provision after six years. CBS News, ""Historic" WNBA labor deal to hike average salary to $130,000, provide paid maternity leave," 14 Jan. 2020 But, there's mutual admiration between the two Wink Martindales. USA TODAY, "Welcome to the best weekend on the NFL calendar: The divisional playoffs," 11 Jan. 2020 The option converts to a $5 million mutual option with 60 innings pitched or 40 appearances in 2020. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Right-hander Jimmy Nelson, non-tendered by Brewers after '19 season, signs with Dodgers," 7 Jan. 2020 The Securities and Exchange Commission requires mutual-fund management companies to remind current and potential investors of that fact in every prospectus and as part of every marketing pitch. Suzanne Mcgee, WSJ, "The Pros and Cons of Using 12-Month Returns to Evaluate a Mutual Fund," 6 Jan. 2020 China likewise is taking steps to extricate itself from a relationship of mutual dependence with the United States. Arkansas Online, "As trade settles, U.S., China veering on tech," 28 Dec. 2019 Zelenskiy also discovered that, although his efforts to achieve a mutual troop pullback in eastern Ukraine were approved by 59% of Ukrainians, nationalist combat veterans were fiercely opposed to anything that looked like a Ukrainian retreat. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Ukraine’s Zelenskiy showed he’s the anti-Putin in 2019," 26 Dec. 2019 Even at the best of times, mutual culture shock between American and Soviet Spacebridge participants created chaos and threatened plans for future calls. Mara Katz, Ars Technica, "The five best new podcasts to help nerds escape the news cycle," 23 Dec. 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

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“Mutual.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mutual. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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mutually adverb

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