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

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 The robots in the experiment were programmed to mimic reciprocation behaviors from previous human players. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 2 June 2022 If your time differs from your partner’s, schedule lovemaking sessions for each of you to receive pleasure, without any expectation of reciprocation. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2022 The apparent reciprocation ends the saga that strained relations between Canada and China, and Washington and Beijing. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 27 Sep. 2021 However, the duo never acted upon this romantic reciprocation, thanks, in part, to timing and the fear of an implosion. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 27 May 2021 Anger over a lack of reciprocation from the United States partly fueled the decision, European officials familiar with the matter said. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 20 Sep. 2021 American concessions tended to strengthen Vietnamese pragmatists over hard-liners, bringing reciprocation. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Acceptance of one invitation does not strictly require reciprocation. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 The reciprocation of behavior, simply put, is the ability to observe and mimic someone else’s behavior. Amandeep Midha, Forbes, 18 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of reciprocation

1561, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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26 Jul 2022

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“Reciprocation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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