- 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.
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.
- 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.