Reciprocity is mutual exchange in a relationship.
An example of reciprocity is a group of friends who always bring food or drink when they visit one another's homes.
- reciprocal state or relationship; mutual action, dependence, etc.
- mutual exchange; esp., exchange of special privileges between two countries, to the advantage of both, as mutual reduction of tariffs
Origin of reciprocityFrench réciprocité
- A reciprocal condition or relationship.
- A mutual or cooperative interchange of favors or privileges, especially the exchange of rights or privileges of trade between nations.
(countable and uncountable, plural reciprocities)
reciprocity - Legal Definition
An agreement or relationship between states, or localities, where special advantages are bestowed upon citizens of A by B in exchange for similar advantages being bestowed on citizens of B by A. For example, State A may allow attorneys who are properly licensed in State B to become licensed in State A without taking a bar examination, if State B affords the same privilege to lawyers who are properly licensed in State A.