Meaning of RECIPROCAL in English

adj. & n.


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 (1/2 is the reciprocal of 2).


reciprocality n. reciprocally adv.

Etymology: L reciprocus ult. f. re- back + pro forward

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.