reciprocity

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noun rec·i·proc·i·ty \ˌre-sə-ˈprä-s(ə-)tē\

Definition of reciprocity

plural

reciprocities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being reciprocal :  mutual dependence, action, or influence

  2. 2 :  a mutual exchange of privileges; specifically :  a recognition by one of two countries or institutions of the validity of licenses or privileges granted by the other

Examples of reciprocity in a sentence

  1. Grownups know that little things matter … and that relationships are based on respect and reciprocity. —Margaret Carlson, Time, 4 June 2001

  2. Introduced in the McKinley Tariff of 1890, reciprocity gave the president authority to remove items from the free list if their countries of origin placed unreasonable tariffs on American goods. —Mary Beth Norton et al., A People and a Nation, 1988

  3. Indeed when they talked on an indifferent subject, as now, there was ever a second silent conversation passing between their emotions, so perfect was the reciprocity between them. —Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure, 1895

  4. The proposal calls for reciprocity in trade relations.

Origin and Etymology of reciprocity

(see 1reciprocal)


First Known Use: 1766


RECIPROCITY Defined for English Language Learners

reciprocity

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noun rec·i·proc·i·ty \ˌre-sə-ˈprä-s(ə-)tē\

Definition of reciprocity for English Language Learners

  • : a situation or relationship in which two people or groups agree to do something similar for each other, to allow each other to have the same rights, etc. : a reciprocal arrangement or relationship


Law Dictionary

reciprocity

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noun rec·i·proc·i·ty \ˌre-sə-ˈprä-sə-tē\

Legal Definition of reciprocity

plural

reciprocities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being reciprocal

  2. 2 :  the exchange, recognition, or enforcement of licenses, privileges, or obligations between states of the U.S. or between nations



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