reciprocal

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin reciprocus.

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  • IPA(key): /rɪˈsɪprək(ə)l/
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reciprocal (not comparable)

  1. 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
    • Shakespeare
      Let our reciprocal vows be remembered.
  2. Mutually interchangeable.
    • I. Watts
      These two rules will render a definition reciprocal with the thing defined.
  3. (grammar) Reflexive; applied to pronouns and verbs, but sometimes limited to pronouns that express mutual action.
  4. (mathematics) Used to denote different kinds of mutual relation; often with reference to the substitution of reciprocals for given quantities.
  5. contrary or opposite

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Noun[edit]

reciprocal (plural reciprocals)

  1. (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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