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 SPACs, once a vehicle for mostly institutional investors like big mutual funds, became a popular option for amateur investors roughly six months ago. Craig Harris, USA Today, "Shaq, Ciara and A-Rod have one. But are SPACs, the latest investment craze, right for you?," 30 Apr. 2021 Unlike mutual funds, ETFs generally don’t sell securities when investors redeem their shares. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "How Biden’s Tax Plan Would Affect Investors," 29 Apr. 2021 The Federal Reserve swooped in to save money market mutual funds for the second time in 12 years in March 2020, exposing regulatory shortfalls that persisted even after the 2008 financial crisis. New York Times, "Money Market Funds Melted in Pandemic Panic. Now They’re Under Scrutiny.," 23 Apr. 2021 About 65 per cent of quant mutual funds have surpassed their benchmarks in 2021, according to Nomura. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Apple’s New Privacy Policy Shaking Up Ad Industry," 22 Apr. 2021 Some actively managed mutual funds layer on various fees and costs that can amount to as much as 4% of an investor's account balance, which is deducted from the account. Jonathan Dash, Forbes, "For Long-Term Investors, Fees Really Do Matter," 21 Apr. 2021 After the deal closes at the end of the year, Columbia Threadneedle will manage more than $670 billion in mutual funds, separate accounts, real estate, and other financial assets. BostonGlobe.com, "Boston fund firm Columbia Threadneedle is expanding with Bank of Montreal acquisition," 12 Apr. 2021 The move comes in response to shareholder pressure, including a resolution brought by Green Century Capital Management, an investment adviser to fossil fuel-free mutual funds. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: The latest clues from Manchin for energy policy," 8 Apr. 2021 Yellen said the examination of last year’s financial market turmoil would include a review of potential reforms for money market mutual funds and the operation of hedge funds. Martin Crutsinger, ajc, "Yellen says regulatory panel to look at 2020 market turmoil," 31 Mar. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mutual. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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

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mutually adverb

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