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.

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    The two countries have a reciprocal trade relationship.

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

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    The reciprocal of 2 is 1/2.

reciprocal Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for reciprocal

Phrases with reciprocal

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


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

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


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

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


    Reciprocal inhibition is important for smooth and coordinated movement.

Origins of reciprocal

from Latin 'reciprocus', meaning 'alternating'


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.