Meaning of MUTUAL in English

ˈmyüch(ə)wəl, -chəl adjective

Etymology: Middle English mutuall, from Middle French mutuel, from Latin mutuus lent, borrowed, reciprocal, mutual + Middle French -el -al; akin to Latin mutare to change — more at miss


a. : entertained, proffered, or exerted by each with respect to the other of two or to each of the others of a group : given and received in equal amount

mutual love

b. : having the same feelings one for the other

mutual enemies

mutual lovers

c. : shared in common : enjoyed by each : common

a mutual friend

a mutual hobby

d. : possessed, experienced, or done by two or more persons or things at the same time : joint

mutual effort

mutual advantage

2. : characterized by or suggestive of intimacy or familiarity

mutual contacts

3. : belonging to each of two or more associates : respective

mutual property

4. : of or relating to a plan whereby the members of an organization share in the profits, benefits, expenses, and liabilities ; specifically : of, relating to, or taking the form of a method or plan in insurance in which the policyholders constitute the members of the insuring company or association, elect their own managers or directors, and share in the profits and in which assessments may or may not be provided for — compare insurance 2b

Synonyms: see reciprocal

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