Definitions of reciprocal

  1. That which is reciprocal to another thing.
  2. 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.
  3. That which is given or done by each to the other; the quotient obtained by dividing unity by a number.
  4. That which is reciprocal: ( math.) unity divided by any quantity.
  5. 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.
  6. In arith., the quotient resulting from the division of unity by any given number.
  7. hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype
  8. ( 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
  9. something ( a term or expression or concept) that has a reciprocal relation to something else; " risk is the reciprocal of safety"
  10. of or relating to the multiplicative inverse of a quantity or function; " the reciprocal ratio of a: b is b: a"
  11. 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"
  12. of words or propositions so related that each is the negation of the other; "` male' and ` female' are complementary terms"
  13. Recurring in vicissitude; alternate.
  14. Done by each to the other; interchanging or interchanged; given and received; due from each to each; mutual; as, reciprocal love; reciprocal duties.
  15. Mutually interchangeable.
  16. Used to denote different kinds of mutual relation; often with reference to the substitution of reciprocals for given quantities. See the Phrases below.
  17. Reflexive; - applied to pronouns and verbs, but sometimes limited to such pronouns as express mutual action.
  18. 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).
  19. Acting in return: mutual: given and received.
  20. Mutual; given and received.
  21. Mutual; alternating.
  22. Alternate; mutual; reflexive.
  23. Alternate; mutually interchangeable.