Pronunciation: (ri-sip'ru-kul), [key]
1. given or felt by each toward the other; mutual: reciprocal respect.
2. given, performed, felt, etc., in return: reciprocal aid.
3. corresponding; matching; complementary; equivalent: reciprocal privileges at other health clubs.
4. Gram.(of a pronoun or verb) expressing mutual relationship or action: “Each other” and “one another” are reciprocal pronouns.
5. inversely related or proportional; opposite.
6. Math.noting expressions, relations, etc., involving reciprocals: a reciprocal function.
7. Navig.bearing in a direction 180° to a given direction; back.
1. something that is reciprocal to something else; equivalent; counterpart; complement.
2. Also called multiplication inverse. Math.the ratio of unity to a given quantity or expression; that by which the given quantity or expression is multiplied to produce unity: The reciprocal of x is 1/x.
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