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EtymologyEdit

Latin reciprocus, possibly from a phrase such as reque proque(back and forth), from re-(back), prō(forwards) and -que(and).

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reciprocal ‎(not comparable)

  1. Of a feeling, action or such: mutual, uniformly felt or done by each party towards the other or others; two-way.
    reciprocal love; reciprocal duties
    • Shakespeare
      Let our reciprocal vows be remembered.
  2. Mutually interchangeable.
    • I. Watts
      These two rules will render a definition reciprocal with the thing defined.
  3. (grammar) expressing mutual action, applied to pronouns and verbs; also in a broad sense: reflexive
  4. (mathematics) Used to denote different kinds of mutual relation; often with reference to the substitution of reciprocals for given quantities.
  5. contrary or opposite

(Can we add an example for this sense?)

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reciprocal ‎(plural reciprocals)

  1. (arithmetic) Of a number, the number obtained by dividing 1 by the given number; the result of exchanging the numerator and the denominator of a fraction.
    0.5 is the reciprocal of 2.

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