re·​cip·​ro·​ca·​tion | \ ri-ˌsi-prə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce reciprocation (audio) \

Definition of reciprocation

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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from reciprocation

reciprocative \ ri-​ˈsi-​prə-​ˌkā-​tiv How to pronounce reciprocation (audio) , -​kə-​ \ adjective

Examples of reciprocation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web People in a good mood are more cooperative and elicit reciprocation. Daniel Kahneman, WSJ, "Good Moods Often Lead to Bad Judgments," 13 May 2021 This work moves toward a more deliberate kind of process that also takes into consideration, conceptually and materially, the idea of reciprocation. Sasha Bonét, Vulture, "Dawoud Bey on 6 Photos That Pushed His Work Forward," 12 Apr. 2021 Most methods involve spinning a drill back-and-forth on a board (reciprocation is the key to most friction methods), or a sawing motion (again, going back-and-forth). Popular Science, "10 caveperson survival skills you need to know," 31 Aug. 2020 Most methods involve a drill being spun back-and-forth on a board (reciprocation is the key to most friction methods). Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Primitive Survival Skills that Will Keep You Alive," 26 May 2020 Though there is no official data on people moving because of the pandemic, anecdotal evidence like scores of open rooms listed on online housing boards, with little reciprocation, suggests an uptick in relocation since the virus entered society. Annie Vainshtein,, "Coronavirus prompts some residents to leave Bay Area," 26 Apr. 2020 This trust allows for easy reciprocation and an environment of learning. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What should happen in Wisconsin in the next decade? Eight emerging leaders answer that question.," 3 Jan. 2020 Hayley narrates her longing for love and reciprocation from a significant other over the track’s instantly infectious dance beat. Bianca Betancourt, Teen Vogue, "Hayley Kiyoko Drops New Song and Lyric Video "L.O.V.E. Me"," 15 Nov. 2019 Paired with Felipe’s fugue-like voice, the exchange in perspective becomes mimetic of the fraught reciprocations between then and now, mother and daughter, the memories of parents and those of their children. Sean Mccoy, Los Angeles Times, "Review: An authoritarian leader’s shadow looms over a weary country in ‘The Remainder’," 18 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'reciprocation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of reciprocation

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about reciprocation

Time Traveler for reciprocation

Time Traveler

The first known use of reciprocation was in 1561

See more words from the same year

Statistics for reciprocation

Last Updated

15 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Reciprocation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on reciprocation

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for reciprocation

Comments on reciprocation

What made you want to look up reciprocation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!