- 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
Related Words for mutualcollective, bilateral, reciprocal, communal, connected, convertible, dependent, give-and-take, interchangeable, joint, public, related, respective, returned, united, conjoint, correlative, associated, conjunct, interactive
Examples from the Web for mutual
Contemporary Examples of mutual
He knew I loved him like a big brother, and I knew the feeling was mutual.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
Bound together by mutual distrust, both sides end up lashing themselves to the mast of rigid law.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
But among ferocious ideologues, similar roots are no guarantee of mutual sympathy when schisms occur.ISIS and Al Qaeda Ready to Gang Up on Obama's Rebels
November 11, 2014
Sharpton noted that otherwise some of their mutual detractors might suggest that he had played a role in the appointment.Is Al Sharpton Running New York City Hall From the White House?
November 7, 2014
Earlier this year, a mutual friend told me that Peter was being held captive in Syria.ISIS Thugs Behead Peter Kassig
October 4, 2014
Historical Examples of mutual
The oath taken in the presence of the people becomes a mutual covenant.
Ascribes to the difference in each of their tempers their mutual love.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
All ferocity must be misinterpretation of the divine law of harmony and mutual help.The Conquest of Fear
Our meeting, after mutual recognition, was affectionate and cordial.Biography of a Slave
I oppose you only on account of our love and for our mutual happiness.The Dream
- 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 for mutual
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.