Definition of reciprocity
1 : the quality or state of being reciprocal : mutual dependence, action, or influence
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
Grownups know that little things matter … and that relationships are based on respect and reciprocity. —Margaret Carlson, Time, 4 June 2001
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
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
The proposal calls for reciprocity in trade relations.
Recent Examples of reciprocity from the Web
There’s no database reciprocity between all states.
Gun-control advocates contend that reciprocity would drop the standard to the lowest common denominator, essentially forcing all states to honor the most permissive laws on the books.
At the top of the list: a gun-owner’s ability to bring a legal weapon across any state lines, a policy known as reciprocity.
To remedy that, Congress is trying to hash out legislation that would allow the US government to enter into reciprocity agreements with other countries so that each side has the right to access data on foreign servers—with a valid warrant.
As his attention turned to Florida, and after an explosive report that his business had once violated the embargo, Trump adopted the language of hardliners, citing Cuba’s lack of reciprocity toward the U.S. opening as justification to seek changes.
Some states already have reciprocity agreements with other states.
The last category encapsulates the other theories: reciprocity.
Occasionally these shows establish an unexpected reciprocity, their commonalities and differences evolving into a lively dialogue.
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RECIPROCITY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Legal Definition of reciprocity
1 : the quality or state of being reciprocal
2 : the exchange, recognition, or enforcement of licenses, privileges, or obligations between states of the U.S. or between nations
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