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What does reciprocal mean?
Reciprocal is an adjective used to describe things that involve an action done in response to another action in a way that is equivalent to it.
The word reciprocal is typically used to describe actions, relationships, or other things that involve such actions. Synonyms include mutual, equivalent, corresponding, matching, and complementary.
Reciprocal can also be used as a noun. It can be used in a general way to mean something that is equivalent to something else—similar to the term counterpart.
In mathematics, it’s used as a noun in a more specific way to refer to the number by which another number must be multiplied to get a result of one. For example, the reciprocal of ½ is 2 (which, in the form of a fraction, is 2/1). In math, a reciprocal is also called an inverse.
Relatedly, reciprocal can also be used as an adjective to mean opposite or inversely related (which is just about the opposite of what reciprocal is generally used to mean).
Example: The two museums offer a reciprocal membership, which means it gives you visiting privileges at both.
Where does reciprocal come from?
The first records of the word reciprocal come from the 1500s. It comes from the Latin reciproc(us), meaning “returning” or “alternating.”
Reciprocal actions are often those that return the favor. Reciprocal relationships are based on alternating actions or a mutual exchange of something. In personal relationships, this often involves kind gestures and displays of emotion that are done in response to similar actions. Reciprocal relationships between countries involve reciprocity—a state or relation based on mutual policies or aid. Two countries that engage in reciprocity may extend certain advantages or privileges to each other’s citizens, or may require certain obligations required by the other country.
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What are some other forms related to reciprocal?
- reciprocally (adverb)
- reciprocality (noun)
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How is reciprocal used in real life?
Reciprocal is a somewhat formal word, but it’s used in all kinds of contexts.
— Economy & Trade (@MoEDmv) October 17, 2017
"Talk of rewilding and corridors for insects is all well and good, but what we do with our farmland is more important" A letter to the editor of @guardian pointing out the reciprocal & interdependent relationship of conservation, climate action & farming: https://t.co/YDLvUlPEQ0
— Canadian Organic Growers (@CanadianOrganic) July 24, 2020
China ordered the US to close consulate in Chengdu. As far as I know, based on reciprocal principle, Chinese side also gave the consulate 72 hours to close. Chinese side notified the US side Friday morning Beijing time. It means US Chengdu consulate will be closed Monday morning.
— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) July 24, 2020
Try using reciprocal!
Which of the following actions would NOT be described as reciprocal?
A. responding to someone’s message
B. giving someone a gift after receiving one from them
C. ignoring someone who has tried to contact you
D. returning a favor
How to use reciprocal in a sentence
The parameter H is a measure of how much they disperse while still remaining in minimal contact, while its reciprocal, interiority, is a measure of how much they huddle.Celebrating the Playful Magic of John Horton Conway|Pradeep Mutalik|October 15, 2020|Quanta Magazine
The relationship between hunter and prey can represent a reciprocal bond, infused with psychological meaning and spiritual weight.The Psychic Toll of Severing the Hunter-Prey Relationship - Facts So Romantic|William Buckner|October 14, 2020|Nautilus
So all you had to do was find the probability of having a perfect game of War, and then compute the reciprocal of that number.
The topics of these texts ranged from food, to movies, to books, to family, and all were conversational and positive, were reciprocal, and were, I believed, mutual.Alaska’s Attorney General on Unpaid Leave After Sending Hundreds of “Uncomfortable” Texts to a Young Colleague|by Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News|August 25, 2020|ProPublica
Beijing could retaliate by imposing reciprocal sanctions on Apple.Huawei said the U.S. couldn’t ‘crush’ it. Trump is starving it instead|claychandler|August 20, 2020|Fortune
His visit also included a reciprocal invitation that the pope plans to follow up on in late May.Obama Goes to Rome Hoping to Tap Some of Pope Francis’ Popularity|Barbie Latza Nadeau|March 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes I do a little, sometimes I do a lot, but always reciprocal and respectful.Kentucky’s Finest Antihero: Walton Goggins on Justified’s Chameleon Villain|Allen Barra|February 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One reason for cheer is that the interim agreement has brought together the hard-liners, theirs and ours, in reciprocal dismay.
The safety net is rooted in human instincts about reciprocal exchange.
And stop hugging Israel closer without looking for reciprocal moves.
The reciprocal tie in former times between servant and master was strong, now it is wholly gone.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
In his simple creed if a girl accepted a man and let him kiss her and wore his ring it was a reciprocal love affair.The Amazing Interlude|Mary Roberts Rinehart
A remarkable identity of ideas and tastes, a ready and mutual sympathy, a reciprocal respect, soon made them friends.Urania|Camille Flammarion
Fig. 69 b is the polygon of external forces, and 69 c is half the reciprocal figure.
When a reciprocal love shall inflame my veins, then my lips will grow purple, and my kisses will be of fire!
British Dictionary definitions for reciprocal
Derived forms of reciprocalreciprocality, nounreciprocally, adverb
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The number by which a given number must be multiplied to get a result of one. The reciprocal of one-half, for example, is two.