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reciprocal

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1  —as in:
reciprocal privileges
Definition something shared or interchanged equally

(such as equal responsibility, shared feelings, mutual respect, or exchanged aid)
  • It is a reciprocal trade agreement.
reciprocal = balanced (equivalence shared)

(in this case, members of the agreement decided together to follow shared rules that have fair costs and benefits for each party)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • reciprocal aid
  • "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 = equivalent
  • 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
  • reciprocal = balanced (interchanged equivalence)
  • 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
  • reciprocal = mutual (each influencing the other)
  • reciprocal privileges at other clubs
  • reciprocal compliments, which would have been esteemed about equal.
    Austen, Jane  --  Persuasion
  • 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
  • Let our reciprocal vows be rememb'red.
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Lear

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®
2  —as in:
reciprocal numbers
Definition 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
reciprocal = inversely related — especially one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1; e.g., 1/5 is the reciprocal of 5
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Every night for a month I sat in the opera house, in a chair of red velvet, and practiced the most basic operations—how to multiply fractions, how to use a reciprocal, how to add and multiply and divide with decimals—while on the stage, characters recited their lines.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • reciprocal = inversely related — especially one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1; e.g., 1/5 is the reciprocal of 5
  • risk is the reciprocal of safety

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®
Less commonly:
More rarely, reciprocal is used to indicate a complementary relationship as in one of a pair of complementary colors or angles.
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