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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The love between Queen Bey and Duchess Meghan is mutual. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Congratulates Meghan Markle on Her Pregnancy," 20 Feb. 2019 New Orleans clearly has claimed a special place in Horschel's heart, and the feeling appears to be mutual. Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com, "New Orleans has become home sweet (second) home for Zurich Classic champion Billy Horschel," 30 Apr. 2018 Displays of warmth and mutual support helped offset children’s fears about parental discord. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Right Ways to Argue in Front of Your Children," 22 Apr. 2019 Talia Brown Thall met Suits actress Meghan way back in 2005 on a photoshoot, and the pair became friends after bonding over their mutual love of yoga. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Former Stylist Reveals What it's Really Like to Hang Out With the Duchess of Sussex," 12 Apr. 2019 Speaking to the magazine, Sophie revealed that despite their mutual friends’ futile effort for the pair to meet, the genesis of the relationship was actually an unexpected DM — and while Nick opted for Twitter, Joe actually favored Instagram. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Got Together Via Instagram DM," 1 Apr. 2019 Compatibility and mutual affection weren’t a priority. Dean Peterson, Vox, "How the economy shapes our love lives," 13 Feb. 2019 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

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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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mutually adverb

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