# reciprocal

[rɪˈsɪprəkl]

## reciprocal Definition

• 1given, felt, or done in return
• 2mutual
• 3mathematics: denoting a quantity that is the result of dividing one by a given quantity

## Using reciprocal: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "reciprocal" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

• Example

They have a reciprocal agreement to share resources.

• Example

The two countries have a reciprocal trade relationship.

• Example

We have a reciprocal arrangement with our neighbors to take care of each other's pets when we're away.

• Example

The reciprocal of 2 is 1/2.

## Phrases with reciprocal

• ### reciprocalpronoun

a pronoun that refers to a noun or pronoun in the same sentence and indicates a mutual relationship between the two

Example

In the sentence 'They helped each other,' 'each other' is a reciprocal pronoun.

• ### reciprocalteaching

a teaching method in which students take turns acting as teacher and student, promoting discussion and collaboration

Example

Reciprocal teaching has been shown to improve reading comprehension in students.

• ### reciprocalinhibition

a physiological process in which the contraction of one muscle is accompanied by the relaxation of its antagonist

Example

Reciprocal inhibition is important for smooth and coordinated movement.

## Origins of reciprocal

from Latin 'reciprocus', meaning 'alternating'

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## Summary: reciprocal in Brief

The term 'reciprocal' [rɪˈsɪprəkl] refers to actions, feelings, or agreements that are mutual and given or felt in return. It can also refer to a mathematical quantity resulting from division. Examples include 'They have a reciprocal agreement to share resources' and 'The reciprocal of 2 is 1/2.' 'Reciprocal' extends into phrases like 'reciprocal teaching,' a collaborative learning method, and 'reciprocal inhibition,' a physiological process.

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