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Definitions of reciprocal

  1. That which is reciprocal to another thing. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. That which is given or done by each to the other; the quotient obtained by dividing unity by a number. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. That which is reciprocal: (math.) unity divided by any quantity. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. That which is reciprocal; the quotient that arises from dividing unity by a given number. Reciprocal ratio, the ratio between reciprocals of two quantities. Reciprocal terms, terms that have the same signification, and are mutually convertible. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. In arith., the quotient resulting from the division of unity by any given number. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  7. concerning each of two or more persons or things; especially given or done in return; "reciprocal aid"; "reciprocal trade"; "reciprocal respect"; "reciprocal privileges at other clubs" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. (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 Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. something (a term or expression or concept) that has a reciprocal relation to something else; "risk is the reciprocal of safety" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. of or relating to the multiplicative inverse of a quantity or function; "the reciprocal ratio of a:b is b:a" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. of words or propositions so related that each is the negation of the other; "`male' and `female' are complementary terms" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. Recurring in vicissitude; alternate. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Done by each to the other; interchanging or interchanged; given and received; due from each to each; mutual; as, reciprocal love; reciprocal duties. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Mutually interchangeable. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Used to denote different kinds of mutual relation; often with reference to the substitution of reciprocals for given quantities. See the Phrases below. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Reflexive; - applied to pronouns and verbs, but sometimes limited to such pronouns as express mutual action. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Mutual; done, given, or offered by each to the other; as, reciprocal benefits; offered in return for something done or given; as, reciprocal conditions; in grammar, showing action upon, or relation of, each to the other; as, reciprocal pronouns (each other, one another). The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. Acting in return: mutual: given and received. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Mutual; given and received. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. Mutual; alternating. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Alternate; mutual; reflexive. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. Alternate; mutually interchangeable. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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  1. Quite unexpected, however, was the reciprocal loftiness of tone spontaneously adopted by the young English squire, for whom, in consequence, he conceived a cordial relish; and as he paced in the footsteps of Arthur, anxious to quiet his curiosity by hearing how it had fared with one whom he had to suppose the second applicant, he kept ejaculating: 'Not a bit! – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. What but community of sentiments, similarity of principles, reciprocal sympathies, and an equal ardour for and love of truth? – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
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