Meaning of RECIPROCAL in English


adj. & n.

adj. 1 in return (offered a reciprocal greeting). 2 mutual (their feelings are reciprocal). 3 Gram. (of a pronoun) expressing mutual action or relation (as in each other). 4 inversely correspondent; complementary (natural kindness matched by a reciprocal severity).

n. Math. an expression or function so related to another that their product is unity (« is the reciprocal of 2). reciprocality n. reciprocally adv.

[ L reciprocus ult. f. re- back + pro forward ]

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