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 The main issue is the growing uncertainty around whether Trump would still abide by the core NATO tenet of mutual defense, known as Article 5. David Meyer, Fortune, "U.S. Has Ukraine’s Back, NATO Ambassador Claims as Impeachment Battle Rages in Washington," 18 Nov. 2019 There’s a level of trust and mutual caring between them. NBC News, "For Obama and Patrick, a long friendship and political bond," 15 Nov. 2019 The two men met at a Christmas party in 1988 and discovered their mutual fascination with the Walled City. C.c. | Hong Kong, The Economist, "Stories from the Kowloon Walled City," 14 Nov. 2019 Addams also believed that the mere proximity of the two groups would bring about mutual benefits. Andre M. Archie, National Review, "The Power of Bourgeois Norms," 7 Nov. 2019 Zelenskiy is noncommittal in the phone call, which ends with more mutual flattery. Lynn Berry, The Denver Post, "How “do us a favor” led to Trump impeachment inquiry," 4 Nov. 2019 Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is convening the meeting in Washington, which the World Bank’s president will attend if the two African countries and mutual neighbor Sudan also participate, a spokesperson for the lender said Thursday. Nizar Manek, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Treasury Calls Ethiopia, Egypt and World Bank to Nile Talks," 30 Oct. 2019 Even tiny acts of kindness can snowball into a wave of good mutual feelings. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 29, 2019: Happy birthday Winona Ryder; Taurus, one good turn deserves another," 29 Oct. 2019 Berding also acknowledged that some of the contracts the club absorbed during its maiden MLS voyage were multi-year deals that would require mutual consent to terminate. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati: Jeff Berding talks player additions, chances of Rose Lavelle and NWSL here," 29 Oct. 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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“Mutual.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mutually. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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