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Definition of Reciprocal


  1. Recurring in vicissitude; alternate.
  2. Done by each to the other; interchanging or interchanged; given and received; due from each to each; mutual; as, reciprocal love; reciprocal duties.
  3. Mutually interchangeable.
  4. Reflexive; -- applied to pronouns and verbs, but sometimes limited to such pronouns as express mutual action.
  5. Used to denote different kinds of mutual relation; often with reference to the substitution of reciprocals for given quantities. See the Phrases below.
  6. That which is reciprocal to another thing.
  7. The quotient arising from dividing unity by any quantity; thus, / is the reciprocal of 4; 1/(a +b) is the reciprocal of a + b. The reciprocal of a fraction is the fraction inverted, or the denominator divided by the numerator.

Reciprocal Quotations

Love is a reciprocal torture.
Marcel Proust

Life cannot subsist in society but by reciprocal concessions.
Samuel Johnson

There are many benefits to this process of listening. The first is that good listeners are created as people feel listened to. Listening is a reciprocal process - we become more attentive to others if they have attended to us.
Margaret J. Wheatley

Commerce, trade and exchange make other people more valuable alive than dead, and mean that people try to anticipate what the other guy needs and wants. It engages the mechanisms of reciprocal altruism, as the evolutionary biologists call it, as opposed to raw dominance.
Steven Pinker

To me, it really seems visible today that ethics is not something exterior to the economy, which, as technical matter, could function on its own; rather, ethics is an interior principle of the economy itself, which cannot function if it does not take account of the human values of solidarity and reciprocal responsibility.
Pope Benedict XVI
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Reciprocal Translations

reciprocal in Danish is gensidig
reciprocal in Dutch is onderling, wederkerig, wederzijds
reciprocal in Finnish is vastavuoroinen
reciprocal in German is wechselseitig, reziprok, reziprok
reciprocal in Italian is viceversa

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