- The definition of mutual is something that goes both ways, such as when two people feel the same way about each other or when two people like the same person.
- An example of mutual is when Ann likes Joe and Joe likes Ann.
- An example of mutual is when Ann is friends with Tim and Bill is friends with Tim.
- done, felt, etc. by each of two or more for or toward the other or others; reciprocal: mutual admiration
- of, or having the same relationship toward, each other or one another: mutual enemies
- shared in common; joint: our mutual friend
- designating or of a type of insurance in which the policyholders elect the directors, share in the profits, and agree to indemnify one another against loss
Origin: L Middle English mutuall from Middle French mutuel from Classical Latin mutuus, mutual, reciprocal from mutare, to change, exchange: see miss
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- Having the same relationship each to the other: mutual predators.
- Directed and received by each toward the other; reciprocal: mutual respect.
- Possessed in common: mutual interests.
- Of, relating to, or in the form of mutual insurance.
Origin: French mutuel, from Old French, from Latin mūtuus, borrowed; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
- muˌtu·alˈi·ty noun
- muˈtu·al·ly adverb