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From Latin mutuatio, from mutuare, mutuari (to borrow), from mutuus. See mutual.


mutuation (countable and uncountable, plural mutuations)

  1. (obsolete) An act of borrowing or exchanging.
    • 1848, Thomas Hall, Rowland Bradshaw:
      A sheep may teach thee to foot a precipice, a goat to leap a chasm; for there is a mutuation between the great and the little, that the young do not see, and the proud will not own.
    • 1876, The Eclectic Teacher and Kentucky School Journal
      He referred to the mutuations of fortune, and how the members of society had an interest in this because the day might come when those rich now might be dependent upon this instrumentality for the education of their children.