reciprocation

noun
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

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Other Words from reciprocation

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

Examples of reciprocation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, SFChronicle.com, "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 Wood explains, making special note of Harry’s reciprocation of the same type of contact. refinery29.com, "A Body Language Expert Explains Why Meghan Markle Is Always Touching Prince Harry," 26 June 2018 This might be viewed as reciprocation on the president's part for Stewart's work on Trump's 2016 campaign. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Another candidate with problematic views on race just won his GOP primary," 13 June 2018 But one function of a healthy friendship is a person's willingness to occasionally give, without expectation of compensation or reciprocation. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Partner's sister insists on family exclusion," 16 Apr. 2018 But one function of a healthy friendship is a person’s willingness to occasionally give, without expectation of compensation or reciprocation. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "Partner’s sister insists on family exclusion," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of reciprocation

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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30 Apr 2020

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“Reciprocation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reciprocation. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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