- 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 of mutualLate Middle English mutuall ; from Middle French mutuel ; from Classical Latin mutuus, mutual, reciprocal ; from mutare, to change, exchange: see miss
- a. Directed and received by each toward the other; reciprocal: mutual respect.b. Having the same relationship to each other: “They were cognitive companions, mutual brain-pickers” (Cynthia Ozick).c. Possessed in common: mutual interests.
- Of, relating to, or in the form of mutual insurance.
A mutual fund.
Origin of mutualFrench mutuel, from Old French, from Latin mūtuus, borrowed; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more mutual, superlative most mutual)
- A mutual fund, etc.