reciprocation

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noun re·cip·ro·ca·tion \ ri-ˌsi-prə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of reciprocation

1 a :a mutual exchange
b :a return in kind or of like value
2 :an alternating motion

reciprocative

play \-ˈsi-prə-ˌkā-tiv, -kə-\ adjective

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1561


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