Reciprocal meaning

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(mathematics) A number related to another in such a way that when multiplied together their product is 1. For example, the reciprocal of 7 is17 ; the reciprocal of23 is32 .
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Corresponding but reversed or inverted.
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Done, given, felt, or owed in return.

A reciprocal invitation to lunch.

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Present or existing on both sides; each to the other; mutual.

To feel a reciprocal affection.

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Equivalent or interchangeable; corresponding or complementary.
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Anything that has a reciprocal action on or relation to another; complement, counterpart, equivalent, etc.
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The definition of reciprocal refers to something that goes both ways or to something that is done in return for a similar act. In grammar, a reciprocal is mutual action or a relationship between two nouns or pronouns. In math, a reciprocal is the number 1 divided by a given quantity.

An example of a reciprocal is an arrangement where Jim gives Al his apple and Al gives Jim his pear.

An example of reciprocal is when someone gives you a gift because you give them one.

An example of a reciprocal in grammar is when a dog and a cat chase each other round and round.

An example of a reciprocal in math is 1/3 is the reciprocal of 3.

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Existing, experienced, or done on both sides.

Reciprocal agreements between nations; reciprocal admiration between friends.

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(grammar) Expressing mutual action or relationship. Used of some verbs and compound pronouns.
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(mathematics) Of or relating to the reciprocal of a quantity.
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(physiology) Of or relating to a neuromuscular phenomenon in which the excitation of one group of muscles is accompanied by the inhibition of another.
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(genetics) Of or designating a pair of crosses in which the male or female parent in one cross is of the same genotype or phenotype as the complementary female or male parent in the other cross.
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Something that is reciprocal to something else.
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Done, felt, given, etc. in return.

Hoping for a reciprocal favor.

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(gram.) Expressing mutual action or relation.

“each other” is traditionally called a reciprocal pronoun.

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(math.) Of the reciprocals of quantities, or their relations.
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(math.) The quantity resulting from the division of 1 by the given quantity; quantity which multiplied by the given quantity equals 1 (Ex.: the reciprocal of 7 is17, of17 is 7)
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(physiology) Of or relating to a neuromuscular phenomenon in which the excitation of one group of muscles is accompanied by the inhibition of another.
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(genetics) Of or designating a pair of crosses in which the male or female parent in one cross is of the same genotype or phenotype as the complementary female or male parent in the other cross.
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Either of a pair of numbers whose product is 1. For example, the number 3 is the reciprocal of1 /3 .
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Of a feeling, action or such: mutual, uniformly felt or done by each party towards the other or others; two-way.

Reciprocal love; reciprocal duties.

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Mutually interchangeable.
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(grammar) Reflexive; applied to pronouns and verbs, but sometimes limited to pronouns that express mutual action.
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(mathematics) Used to denote different kinds of mutual relation; often with reference to the substitution of reciprocals for given quantities.
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(arithmetic) Of a number, the number obtained by dividing 1 by the given number; the result of exchanging the numerator and the denominator of a fraction.

0.5 is the reciprocal of 2.

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Origin of reciprocal

  • From Latin reciprocus alternating per1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin reciprocus.

    From Wiktionary