non·​re·​cip·​ro·​cal ˌnän-ri-ˈsi-prə-kəl How to pronounce nonreciprocal (audio)
: not characterized by reciprocity : not reciprocal or reciprocating
nonreciprocal systems
nonreciprocal friendships

Examples of nonreciprocal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Based on these principles, my group has created several technologies that operate efficiently as nonreciprocal devices. Andrea Alù, Scientific American, 3 Oct. 2022 Cars barreling down a highway or stuck in traffic are similarly nonreciprocal. Quanta Magazine, 11 Nov. 2021 Why would girls participate in nonreciprocal relationships? Time, 6 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonreciprocal was in 1866

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“Nonreciprocal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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