Definitions of reciprocal

  1. concerning each of two or more persons or things; especially given or done in return; " reciprocal aid"; " reciprocal trade"; " reciprocal respect"; " reciprocal privileges at other clubs"
  2. hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype
  3. ( mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1: the reciprocal of 2/ 3 is 3/ 2; the multiplicative inverse of 7 is 1/ 7
  4. something ( a term or expression or concept) that has a reciprocal relation to something else; " risk is the reciprocal of safety"
  5. of or relating to the multiplicative inverse of a quantity or function; " the reciprocal ratio of a: b is b: a"
  6. concerning each of two or more persons or things; especially given or done in return; " reciprocal aid"; " reciprocal trade"; " mutual respect"; " reciprocal privileges at other clubs"
  7. of words or propositions so related that each is the negation of the other; "` male' and ` female' are complementary terms"
  8. Recurring in vicissitude; alternate.
  9. Done by each to the other; interchanging or interchanged; given and received; due from each to each; mutual; as, reciprocal love; reciprocal duties.
  10. Mutually interchangeable.
  11. Used to denote different kinds of mutual relation; often with reference to the substitution of reciprocals for given quantities. See the Phrases below.
  12. That which is reciprocal to another thing.
  13. Reflexive; - applied to pronouns and verbs, but sometimes limited to such pronouns as express mutual action.
  14. The quotient arising from dividing unity by any quantity; thus, is the reciprocal of 4; 1( a + b) is the reciprocal of a + b. The reciprocal of a fraction is the fraction inverted, or the denominator divided by the numerator.
  15. Mutual; done, given, or offered by each to the other; as, reciprocal benefits; offered in return for something done or given; as, reciprocal conditions; in grammar, showing action upon, or relation of, each to the other; as, reciprocal pronouns ( each other, one another).
  16. That which is given or done by each to the other; the quotient obtained by dividing unity by a number.
  17. Reciprocally.
  18. Acting in return: mutual: given and received.
  19. That which is reciprocal: ( math.) unity divided by any quantity.
  20. Mutual; given and received.
  21. Mutual; alternating.
  22. Alternate; mutual; reflexive.
  23. That which is reciprocal; the quotient that arises from dividing unity by a given number. Reciprocal ratio, the ratio between reciprocals of two quantities. Reciprocal terms, terms that have the same signification, and are mutually convertible.
  24. Alternate; mutually interchangeable.
  25. In arith., the quotient resulting from the division of unity by any given number.

Usage examples for reciprocal

  1. Quite unexpected, however, was the reciprocal loftiness of tone spontaneously adopted by the young English squire, for whom, in consequence, he conceived a cordial relish; and as he paced in the footsteps of Arthur, anxious to quiet his curiosity by hearing how it had fared with one whom he had to suppose the second applicant, he kept ejaculating: 'Not a bit! – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. What but community of sentiments, similarity of principles, reciprocal sympathies, and an equal ardour for and love of truth? – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  3. And the further civilization and the connections between different people proceed with this development, the more necessary and, at the same time, possible it becomes to raise the interests and sentiments which would hold them together above those which would keep them asunder, and to thus found a policy of reciprocal equity and of peace in place of a policy of hostile precautions and continual strife. – A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume I. of VI. by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  4. Somerset participated in his pleasure, and with reciprocal warmth accepted the invitation to accompany him to Villanow. – Thaddeus of Warsaw by Jane Porter
  5. We forcibly described to him the reciprocal affection of the two young people, and did not fail to bring to his observation Murat's devoted attachment to his person, his splendid courage and noble conduct in Egypt. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  6. In this novel many social grades are gathered together, and the reciprocal actions of their representative members are rendered with effective contrast and a good deal of dramatic quickness. – Balzac by Frederick Lawton
  7. I. City and country are still so widely apart in every civilization that one can safely count upon a reciprocal strangeness in many every- day things. – Short Stories and Essays From "Literature and Life" by William Dean Howells
  8. His theory of the arts in their reciprocal relations and affinities throws interesting light upon the qualities of his own genius and his method in practice. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  9. The regard was reciprocal. – Haydn by J. Cuthbert Hadden
  10. The reciprocal action of spirit and matter is the one great mystery which, to all appearance, must remain impenetrable to the finite intelligence. – Christian Mysticism by William Ralph Inge
  11. These two work on each other a reciprocal increase. – The Expositor's Bible: Colossians and Philemon by Alexander Maclaren
  12. The reciprocal fact- of a corresponding export of the metal over whose head the premium offered- does not emerge so distinctly, simply by reason of the complication of the subject of exports of metals with the wider general movement of trade balances. – The History of Currency, 1252 to 1896 by William Arthur Shaw
  13. The Rule of 1223, on the other hand, is a reciprocal contract. – Life of St. Francis of Assisi by Paul Sabatier
  14. There is a marriage of good and truth, also of truth and good, in every particular of the Word, in order that it may be a source of wisdom to angels and of intelligence to men, for from good alone no wisdom or intelligence is born, neither from truth alone, but from their marriage when the love is reciprocal. – Spiritual Life and the Word of God by Emanuel Swedenborg
  15. At times I become consciously and acutely aware of the reciprocal flow of openness in the dialogue. – Humanistic-Nursing by Paterson, Josephine G.
  16. The reciprocal arrangements are like this; the party of the first part gets the money; the party of the second part, the experience. – Seeds of Pine by Janey Canuck