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[ri-sip-ruh-key-shuh n] /rɪˌsɪp rəˈkeɪ ʃən/
an act or instance of reciprocating.
a returning, usually for something given.
a mutual giving and receiving.
the state of being reciprocal or corresponding.
Origin of reciprocation
First recorded in 1520-30, reciprocation is from the Latin word reciprocātiōn- (stem of reciprocātiō). See reciprocate, -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She saw in either—as around—only a reciprocation of contempt.

    Paul Clifford, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Her lack of reciprocation did not abate his passion, it aggravated it.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • But it remains fixed in one place, without any reciprocation of love.

    The Insect Jules Michelet
  • This was reciprocation of derogatory sentiment with a vengeance!

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • Such is the relation of the terms of a syllogism in regard to reciprocation and antithesis.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • In love I recognise solely the principle of reciprocation, as it obtains in Nature.

    The Precipice Ivan Goncharov
  • A rotary or other movement may be obtained from this reciprocation.

  • Every sentiment seemed a reciprocation of sympathy, and every look, of intelligence.

Word Origin and History for reciprocation

1520s, "mode of expression;" 1560s, "act of reciprocating," from Latin reciprocationem (nominative reciprocatio) "retrogression, alternation, ebb," noun of action from past participle stem of reciprocare "move back, turn back," also "come and go, move back and forth;" from reciprocus (see reciprocal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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