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From Latin symmetria from Ancient Greek συμμετρία (summetría).
symmetric (comparative more symmetric, superlative most symmetric)
- (set theory) Of a relation R on a set S, such that xRy if and only if yRx for all members x and y of S (that is, if the relation holds between any element and a second, it also holds between the second and the first).
- "Is a sibling of" is a symmetric relation.
- (cryptography) Using the same key (or keys that are trivially related) for both encryption and decryption.
symmetrical — see symmetrical
of a relation R on a set S, such that xRy if and only if yRx for all members x and y of S