Meaning of MUTUAL in English


mu ‧ tu ‧ al AC /ˈmjuːtʃuəl/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Word Family: adverb : ↑ mutually ; adjective : ↑ mutual ]

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: French ; Origin: mutuel , from Latin mutuus 'lent, borrowed, mutual' ]

1 . mutual feelings such as respect, trust, or hatred are feelings that two or more people have for each other ⇨ reciprocal

mutual respect/trust/understanding etc

Mutual respect is necessary for any partnership to work.

European nations can live together in a spirit of mutual trust.

I didn’t like Dev, and the feeling seemed to be mutual.

The two men were a mutual admiration society, gushing about how much they were learning from each other.

2 . [only before noun] mutual support, help etc is support that two or more people give each other:

MAMA puts new mothers in touch with each other, for mutual support and friendship.

3 . mutual agreement/consent when two or more people both agree to something:

In the end the relationship was ended by mutual agreement.

4 . mutual friend/interest a friend or interest that two people both have:

We discovered a mutual interest in drama.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.