- possessed, experienced, performed, etc., by each of two or more with respect to the other; reciprocal: to have mutual respect.
- having the same relation each toward the other: to be mutual enemies.
- of or relating to each of two or more; held in common; shared: mutual interests.
- having or pertaining to a form of corporate organization in which there are no stockholders, and in which profits, losses, expenses, etc., are shared by members in proportion to the business each transacts with the company: a mutual company.See also mutual insurance.
- Informal. a mutual fund.
Origin of mutual
Examples from the Web for mutually
And so it goes, another chapter written in the mutually abusive relationship of bad government and bad culture.The FBI’s Bogus ISIS Bust
November 21, 2014
There were two superpowers, they knew what we had, we knew what they had, mutually assured destruction meant something.Rick Perry: America’s Next Top Strategist?
September 20, 2014
Or was it a further stage in a mutually agreed transaction between civil rights and national security?David Cameron's Plan to Fight ISIS Will Likely Involve Racial Profiling
September 2, 2014
In geopolitics, the doctrine of mutually assured destruction prevents the use of weapons of mass destruction against a foe.The App Bringing Out The Best/Worst in Washington’s Gays
May 31, 2014
Or might a solution be found that is mutually satisfactory to both sides—even if each side must forgo their maximum desires?New Documentary Reveals Story of Palestinian Village Covered Up By JNF Forest
November 13, 2013
All the mutually contradictory 'isms' unite in a higher synthesis.Cleo The Magnificent
The one completed the other, and they mutually protected themselves.Therese Raquin
A separation, mutually and amicably agreed upon, was the result.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
I accept the phrase, and wish it might be mutually acknowledged.Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
Is there no arrangement we can come to, mutually advantageous?Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
- experienced or expressed by each of two or more people or groups about the other; reciprocalmutual distrust
- common to or shared by both or all of two or more partiesa mutual friend; mutual interests
- denoting an insurance company, etc, in which the policyholders share the profits and expenses and there are no shareholders
Word Origin and History for mutually
late 15c., originally of feelings, from Middle French mutuel (14c.), from Latin mutuus "reciprocal, done in exchange," from PIE root *mei- "to change, exchange" (see mutable).
The essence of its meaning is that it involves the relation x is or does to y as y to x; & not the relation, x is or does to z as y to z. [Fowler]
Mutual Admiration Society (1851) seems to have been coined by Thoreau. Mutual fund is recorded from 1950. The Cold War's mutual assured destruction attested from 1966. (Assured destruction was an early 1960s term in U.S. military policy circles in reference to nuclear weapons as a deterrent, popularized c.1964 by Robert McNamara, U.S. Secretary of Defense under Lyndon Johnson, e.g. statement before House Armed Services Committee, Feb. 18, 1965; the mutual perhaps first added by Donald Brennan, conservative defense analyst and a public critic of the policy, who also noted the acronym MAD.)
short for mutual fund, 1971; see mutual.