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as in: reciprocal privileges Define
something shared or interchanged equally (such as equal responsibility, shared feelings, mutual respect, or exchanged aid)
  • It is a reciprocal trade agreement.
  • reciprocal aid

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  • Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • "I love you." I wait, barely able to breathe.
    "I know, and I know how lucky that makes me."
    I want to ... demand a reciprocal declaration.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • reciprocal privileges at other clubs
  • reciprocal compliments, which would have been esteemed about equal.
    Austen, Jane  --  Persuasion
  • The Attachment must be reciprocal.
    Austen, Jane  --  Love and Friendship
  • "That feeling is more than reciprocal, princess," Varenka answered hurriedly.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • In it was the intimacy of contact with a beloved god who in such manner elected to express a reciprocal love.
    London, Jack  --  Jerry of the Islands
  • Let our reciprocal vows be rememb’red.
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Lear

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  • This view of the reciprocal causal independence of mind and matter has no basis except in metaphysical theory.
    Russell, Bertrand  --  The Analysis of Mind
  • He had two selves within him apparently, and they must learn to accommodate each other and bear reciprocal impediments.
    Eliot, George  --  Middlemarch
  • They were unmarried, young, of the same age and of the same tastes, which was enough to account for the reciprocal friendship between them.
    Cervantes, Miguel  --  Don Quixote
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as in: reciprocal numbers Define
inversely related -- especially one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1; e.g., 1/5 is the reciprocal of 5
  • the reciprocal ratio of a:b is b:a
  • risk is the reciprocal of safety
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  • The dancers paused, evidently waiting for some acknowledgment or reciprocal gesture, but there was none.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • Her gray sun-strained eyes looked back at me with polite reciprocal curiosity out of a wan, charming, discontented face.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby

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  • They were unmarried, young, of the same age and of the same tastes, which was enough to account for the reciprocal friendship between them.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • He had two selves within him apparently, and they must learn to accommodate each other and bear reciprocal impediments.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • "That feeling is more than reciprocal, princess," Varenka answered hurriedly.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • reciprocal compliments, which would have been esteemed about equal.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • She had toyed with the idea of getting her Maine certification — Maine and New York were reciprocal; it was mostly a matter of filling out some forms.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Langdon sensed a suspicion in her guarded manner, but the feeling was quickly becoming reciprocal.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Reciprocal bearing, transcription error, something like that.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Feelings and opinions are recruited, the heart is enlarged, and the human mind is developed by no other means than by the reciprocal influence of men upon each other.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2

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  • It was highly likely that the serpent of sin that nosed about the chambers of my heart was lashed to hunger by hymns as well as dreams, each reciprocally feeding the other.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • To say that the constitution of England is a UNION of three powers reciprocally CHECKING each other, is farcical, either the words have no meaning, or they are flat contradictions.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • And of Names Universall, some are of more, and some of lesse extent; the larger comprehending the lesse large: and some again of equall extent, comprehending each other reciprocally.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • She saw their sashes untied, their hair pulled about their ears, their work-bags searched, and their knives and scissors stolen away, and felt no doubt of its being a reciprocal enjoyment.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • No reference was ever again made between them to Ralph’s opinion of Gilbert Osmond, and by surrounding this topic with a sacred silence they managed to preserve a semblance of reciprocal frankness.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Every individual being in the possession of rights which he is sure to retain, a kind of manly reliance and reciprocal courtesy would arise between all classes, alike removed from pride and meanness.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Like heavenly forces rising and descending, Their golden urns reciprocally lending, With wings that winnow blessing From Heaven through Earth I see them pressing, Filling the All with harmony unceasing!
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • These things are reciprocal; the ball rebounds, only to bound forward again; for now in laying open the haunts of the whale, the whalemen seem to have indirectly hit upon new clews to that same mystic North-West Passage.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Not All Rights Are Alienable Whensoever a man Transferreth his Right, or Renounceth it; it is either in consideration of some Right reciprocally transferred to himselfe; or for some other good he hopeth for thereby.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • As long as the connection subsists between his reason and his self-love, his opinions and his passions will have a reciprocal influence on each other; and the former will be objects to which the latter will attach themselves.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • An unrestrained intercourse between the States themselves will advance the trade of each by an interchange of their respective productions, not only for the supply of reciprocal wants at home, but for exportation to foreign markets.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Therefore, each will have an interest in this reciprocal forbearance.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • She gave him kiss after kiss, but no reciprocal waves of affection rose from him.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • From the first afternoon they bathed together, naked, the two of them making their reciprocal ablutions with water from the cistern.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • When Esther gave advice and Klara submitted to it, there should have been an element of reciprocal condescension.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Besides, at the first hint of reciprocal love on the part of Sondra, would he not be anxious and determined to desert Roberta if he could?
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Then they’re over at Cedric’s collection-thirty-one CDs that he’s carefully, lovingly collected-and Rob offers reciprocal curiosity.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • The stint of reciprocal feeling was perceived, and Henchard showed chagrin at once—nobody was more quick to show that than he.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The principle of reciprocality seems to require that its obligation on the other States should be reduced to the same standard.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • On the contrary, in proportion as nations become more like each other, they become reciprocally more compassionate, and the law of nations is mitigated.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Most people know that, by their nature, debts are reciprocal.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • The more equal social conditions become, the more do men display this reciprocal disposition to oblige each other.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Reciprocally also, the Civill Law is a part of the Dictates of Nature.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • They do not quarrel about their reciprocal situations, but each knows his own and keeps it.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Together they had overcome the daily incomprehension, the instantaneous hatred, the reciprocal nastiness and fabulous flashes of glory in the conjugal conspiracy.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The particular policy of the national and of the State systems of finance might now and then not exactly coincide, and might require reciprocal forbearances.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But unfortunately’ she said, with an attempt at a reciprocal smile that made her look as though she had lockjaw, ’it is what I think that counts, as they are in my House, Dolores.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The reciprocal position of the two men is changed—their mutual relations must be so too.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • As neither can CONTROL the other, each will have an obvious and sensible interest in this reciprocal forbearance.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Who knows the reciprocal ebb and flow of the infinitely great and the infinitely little, the reverberations of causes in the precipices of being, and the avalanches of creation?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And the object of chemistry, Madame Lefrancois, being the knowledge of the reciprocal and molecular action of all natural bodies, it follows that agriculture is comprised within its domain.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The necessity of a superintending authority over the reciprocal trade of confederated States, has been illustrated by other examples as well as our own.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • No reference was ever again made between them to Ralph’s opinion of Gilbert Osmond, and by surrounding this topic with a sacred silence they managed to preserve a semblance of reciprocal frankness.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • The two cousins began now to impart to each other their reciprocal curiosity to know what extraordinary accidents on both sides occasioned this so strange and unexpected meeting.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The absolute solitude in which they lived intensified their reciprocal thoughts; yet some might have said that it had the disadvantage of consuming their mutual affections at a fearfully prodigal rate.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • D’Artagnan at the moment of quitting Milady felt only the liveliest regret at the parting; and as they addressed each other in a reciprocally passionate adieu, another interview was arranged for the following week.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • And, to say the truth, Blifil had passed sentence against Sophia; for, however pleased he had declared himself to Western with his reception, he was by no means satisfied, unless it was that he was convinced of the hatred and scorn of his mistress: and this had produced no less reciprocal hatred and scorn in him.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • They spent many hours without speaking, content with their reciprocal company, but while Amaranta was inwardly pleased in keeping the fire of his devotion alive, he was unaware of the secret designs of that indecipherable heart.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The motives on the part of the State governments, to augment their prerogatives by defalcations from the federal government, will be overruled by no reciprocal predispositions in the members.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • This woman must have loved this man, to all appearance, judging from the amount of love within her; but probably, in the daily and reciprocal reproaches of the horrible distress which weighed on the whole group, this had become extinct.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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