[ri-sip-ruh-key-shuh n]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reciprocation

Contemporary Examples of reciprocation

  • And, I appreciate the reciprocation of warm nuts and having a decent five hours sleep when I take a red-eye.

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    Who's Missing in First Class?

    Lauren Zalaznick

    December 11, 2010

  • Sufficiently convinced that he might know what he was doing, I set my boundaries: hands only, external only, no reciprocation.

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    The Last Erotic Massage

    Arianne Cohen

    May 21, 2009

Historical Examples of reciprocation

  • 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.


    George Grote

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