something (a term or expression or concept) that has a reciprocal relation to something else
"risk is the reciprocal of safety"
multiplicative inverse, reciprocal(noun)
(mathematics) one of a pair of numbers whose product is 1: the reciprocal of 2/3 is 3/2; the multiplicative inverse of 7 is 1/7
reciprocal cross, reciprocal(adj)
hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype
concerning each of two or more persons or things; especially given or done in return
"reciprocal aid"; "reciprocal trade"; "mutual respect"; "reciprocal privileges at other clubs"
of or relating to the multiplicative inverse of a quantity or function
"the reciprocal ratio of a:b is b:a"
Of a feeling, action or such: mutual, uniformly felt or done by each party towards the other or others; two-way.
0.5 is the reciprocal of 2.
Something that is contrary or opposite.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
That is common to which two or more persons have the same or equal claims, or in which they have equal interest or participation; in the strictest sense, that is mutual (Latin mutare, to change) which is freely interchanged; that is reciprocal in respect to which one act or movement is met by a corresponding act or movement in return; we speak of our common country, mutual affection, reciprocal obligations, the reciprocal action of cause and effect, where the effect becomes in turn a cause. Many good writers hold it incorrect to say "a mutual friend," and insist that "a common friend" would be more accurate; but "common friend" is practically never used, because of the disagreeable suggestion that attaches to common, of ordinary or inferior. "Mutual friend" has high literary authority (of Burke, Scott, Dickens, and others), and a considerable usage of good society in its favor, the expression being quite naturally derived from the thoroughly correct phrase mutual friendship.
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How to use reciprocal in a sentence?
We are demanding from foreign countries, friend and foe, fair and reciprocal trade. We have been very much taken advantage of as a country.
I think The European Union's still premature to call The European Union a trade war, because as The European Union starts maturing, you know there is always give and take on these things, and so what we are looking for is fair and reciprocal trade.
We need a reciprocal relationship, which we don't have... We're working on it and we want to make it more fair and the chancellor wants to make it more fair.
Many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them--if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry.
We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our 'neighbors' and everything around us, building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others, rejecting a mindset of hostility in order to adopt one of reciprocal subsidiarity in a constant effort to do our best.
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- al revés, a l'inrevés, recíproc, mutuCatalan, Valencian
- Kehrwert, umgekehrt, reziprok, entgegengesetzt, gegenseitigGerman
- recíproco, al revés, mutuoSpanish
- vastavuoroinen, käänteisluku, päinvastainenFinnish
- inverse, réciproqueFrench
- umhverfa, margföldunarandhverfa, margföldunarumhverfaIcelandic
- wzajemny, odwrotność, odwrotnyPolish
- recíproca, recíprocoPortuguese
- invers, reciproc, reciprocăRomanian
- обратный, взаимный, обоюдныйRussian
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