Adjective "reciprocal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Given, felt, or done in return.
  1. 'This led to a reciprocal trip by members of Kendal Choral Society to Voiron, in Southern France, in 2004, an area well known for Chartreuse, the liqueur originally created by the Carthusian Monks.'
  2. 'Their relationship presents the promise and the possibility of reciprocal exchange and learning.'
  3. 'Normally, relationships progress by way of a reasonably paced flow of self-disclosure that is reciprocal in nature.'
  4. 'In return, Sweden offers a well-founded, well-resourced jazz scene a short hop from Prestwick airport, so the benefits of this year's Jazz Festival encounters are likely to be reciprocal.'
  5. 'They are most disappointed as reciprocal support from the menfolk is very sparse indeed.'
  6. 'In an ideal relationship of trust, self-revelation should be reciprocal.'
  7. 'The close links between Waterford and Newfoundland are well documented and indeed only a few months ago a group from Newfoundland toured the Waterford and South East area with a reciprocal visit planned next year.'
  8. 'Undoubtedly some of the relationships found here are reciprocal in nature to a greater or lesser degree.'
  9. 'Britons have resented, sometimes bitterly, that the US administration does not appear interested in reciprocal support for Britain's agenda in international affairs.'
  10. 'We want to enjoy a reciprocal co-operation when we need to call on players to face France.'
  11. 'It taught me the pleasures of taking people's money but without the reciprocal pleasure of providing them with some enjoyment in return.'
(of an agreement or obligation) bearing on or binding each of two parties equally.
  1. 'But you will only qualify for any pension increases after you retire if you go to live in a country with which we have a reciprocal agreement.'
  2. 'The federal government likes to talk about reciprocal obligation and mutualism.'
  3. 'However, by corollary, the husband had a reciprocal duty to provide a home for the wife to live in with him, so long as she did not commit a matrimonial offence (such as adultery).'
  4. 'It says too little about responsibilities, even though rights and responsibilities are reciprocal.'
  5. 'And he hopes that the surprise move to open up UK media franchises to American companies means that the UK government is close to getting a reciprocal agreement from the US.'
  6. 'Does he agree that people who receive a benefit have a reciprocal responsibility to minimise their reliance on the State; if not, why not?'
  7. 'This is because many clubs have reciprocal agreements with other clubs: You let me play your course and I'll let you play mine.'
  8. 'Australia and New Zealand have a reciprocal agreement on employment, allowing their citizens to work in either country.'
  9. 'Rights and responsibilities are reciprocal, two sides of one coin.'
  10. 'The result of the visit was an agreement on reciprocal protection and promotion of investment.'
  11. 'The movement towards free trade spread across Europe in a series of reciprocal trade agreements beginning with the Cobden Chevalier Treaty of 1860 between Britain and France.'
  12. 'Reciprocal verbs are used to express the idea of reciprocity - doing something to each other.'
  13. 'While our data supports the traditional view of each other as the primary and most common reciprocal construction in English, we find a greater degree of variation in construction types than this traditional view might suggest.'
(of a course or bearing) differing from a given course or bearing by 180 degrees.
  1. 'Navigators in the open sea normally alter course in this way because they believe there is another vessel dead ahead on a reciprocal course or on their port bow in circumstances which require an alteration to starboard.'
(of a quantity or function) related to another so that their product is unity.
  1. 'The reciprocal function is its own inverse, which might seem to pose a problem in using Newton's method.'
  2. 'The code above finds the reciprocal value of the contents of an integer variable.'


An expression or function so related to another that their product is unity; the quantity obtained by dividing the number one by a given quantity.
  1. 'Let's work out our problem using the reciprocal of the numerator fraction.'
  2. 'For the latter Professor Aitken would ask for members of the class to give him numbers for which he would then write down the reciprocal, the square root, the cube root or other appropriate expression.'
  3. 'He defined the curvature of a circle as the reciprocal of its radius.'
A pronoun or verb expressing mutual action or relationship, e.g. each other, fight.
  1. 'From the point of view of present-day English the most interesting aspect of reciprocals seems to be whether there is a difference between ‘each other’ and ‘one another’.'


1. given or felt by each toward the other; mutual: reciprocal respect.

2. given, performed, felt, etc., in return: reciprocal aid.

3. corresponding; matching; complementary; equivalent: reciprocal privileges at other health clubs.

4. Grammar. (of a pronoun or verb) expressing mutual relationship or action: “Each other” and “one another” are reciprocal pronouns.

5. inversely related or proportional; opposite.

6. Mathematics. noting expressions, relations, etc., involvi

More examples(as adjective)

"rights can be reciprocal between parties."

"agreements can be reciprocal."

"arrangements can be reciprocal."

"relationships can be reciprocal."

"bases can be reciprocal."

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Late 16th century: from Latin reciprocus (based on re- ‘back’ + pro- ‘forward’) + -al.