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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Hadid and Laham, who met through mutual friends years ago, took time to incubate and perfect the jewelry designs over two years before the official launch last month. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Anwar Hadid Wants Everyone to Wear His Unisex Jewelry Label," 8 Apr. 2019 The funds hold about 21% of the $8.1 trillion the Investment Company Institute, a trade group for the mutual-fund industry, estimates is in 401(k)-type accounts. Anne Tergesen, WSJ, "How Your 401(k) Could Imitate Netflix," 14 Feb. 2019 The net assets of money market mutual funds totaled $2.89 trillion as of June 6, the highest level since the financial crisis in 2008-09, according to the Investment Company Institute, a mutual-fund trade group. James F. Peltz, latimes.com, "Higher interest rates are spurring a subtle shift to cash investments. But don't expect to get rich," 22 June 2018 The granddaughter of Fidelity’s founder, Edward C. Johnson II, Ms. Johnson joined the company in 1988 as an analyst in the mutual-fund division. New York Times, "Fidelity, Bruised From Crises, Searches for Life After Mutual Funds," 27 May 2018 Khloe's version of the story is that their mutual friend (Brandon Jennings) set them up on a blind date, per E News!. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Calls BS on Jordyn Woods' Red Table Talk Interview and Twitter Claps Back," 1 Mar. 2019 In 1950, mutual friends set him up on a blind date with my mother. Stuart Green, WSJ, "In Praise of the Ever-Practical Handkerchief," 28 Feb. 2019 Following his divorce to Passions co-star Lindsay Korman, Justin Hartley was introduced to actress Chrishell Stause in 2014 by mutual friends. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Star Justin Hartley and His Wife Chrishell Have the Best Love Story," 19 Feb. 2019 My definition of what was once an unfamiliar academic term hasn’t changed, but 280 characters unfortunately doesn’t allow for much of the nuance that can lead people to mutual respect and understanding. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "The cultural appropriation debate has changed. But is it for the better?," 18 Dec. 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 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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