- mutual admiration society,
- mutual aid,
- mutual assured destruction,
- mutual fund,
- mutual impedance
Origin of mutual
Examples from the Web for 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|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Bound together by mutual distrust, both sides end up lashing themselves to the mast of rigid law.
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|Jamie Dettmer|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Michael Daly|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Earlier this year, a mutual friend told me that Peter was being held captive in Syria.
Forster quotes Chorleys remark that Nothing could be compared with the intimacy of their mutual musical sympathy.The Violoncello and Its History|Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
On the Venerable making the signal that she could weather the enemy, the Admiral made another to take stations for mutual support.
Such were the mutual wishes I so often heard expressed in our neighborhood and clan fights and quarrels in Syria.The Syrian Christ|Abraham Mitrie Rihbany
Thus the very points in which they differed seemed, in some measure, to ensure the continuance of their mutual affection.Bride of Lammermoor|Sir Walter Scott
And I daresay other Sosii are aware of the like mutual warfare going on even now.My Life as an Author|Martin Farquhar Tupper
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.