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 That mutual respect jumpstarted an instant connection. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "'I actually wanted to come here': Torrey Craig finally lands with Phoenix Suns," 31 Mar. 2021 Third is a recurrent articulation of the principles of mutual respect and solidarity. Dan Banik, Quartz, "India is challenging China’s dominance in Africa through healthcare diplomacy," 29 Mar. 2021 The goal is to convince diners of the mutual respect needed when diners may be vaccinated (and potentially still contagious) but servers are not, and when some states have lifted mask mandates but President Biden has issued a nationwide one. Washington Post, "As vaccinations increase, you may want to dine indoors again. Here’s what to consider.," 19 Mar. 2021 Our friendship blossomed over time, stemming from our mutual respect as unique women. BostonGlobe.com, "My book club has been together through it all — child-rearing, divorce, grandkids, and now my cancer," 19 Mar. 2021 By the very definition of the word partnership, client-agency relationships should be built on a foundation of mutual respect, trust and understanding. Jonathan Schwartz, Forbes, "Transparency Reigns Supreme In Successful Client-Agency Relationships," 19 Mar. 2021 Although in some instances our disagreements remain, her open and candid approach has created a working relationship that is grounded in mutual respect and understanding. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Merrick Garland's confirmation expected, but DOJ nominees of color Vanita Gupta, Kristen Clarke face greater criticism," 9 Mar. 2021 If this is so, almost thirty years of calls for mutual respect and tolerance have been not just rebuffed but flung back with contempt. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "To Hell with Unity," 2 Mar. 2021 True to his word, less than 48 hours later, Fink and BlackRock applied to the China Securities Regulatory Commission to establish a mutual-fund operation in China. Stephen R. Soukup, National Review, "Managing Your Money the Woke Way," 25 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 16 Apr. 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.

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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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