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1. Done, given, felt, or owed in return: a reciprocal invitation to lunch.
2. Existing, experienced, or done on both sides: reciprocal agreements between nations; reciprocal admiration between friends.
3. Grammar Expressing mutual action or relationship. Used of some verbs and compound pronouns.
4. Mathematics Of or relating to the reciprocal of a quantity.
5. Physiology Of or relating to a neuromuscular phenomenon in which the excitation of one group of muscles is accompanied by the inhibition of another.
6. Genetics Of or designating a pair of crosses in which the male or female parent in one cross is of the same genotype or phenotype as the complementary female or male parent in the other cross.
1. Something that is reciprocal to something else.
2. Mathematics A number related to another in such a way that when multiplied together their product is 1. For example, the reciprocal of 7 is 1/7 ; the reciprocal of 2/3 is 3/2 .

[From Latin reciprocus, alternating; see per in Indo-European roots.]

re·cip′ro·cal′i·ty (-kăl′ĭ-tē), re·cip′ro·cal·ness (-kəl-nĭs) n.
re·cip′ro·cal·ly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reciprocality - a relation of mutual dependence or action or influence
relation - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
complementarity - the interrelation of reciprocity whereby one thing supplements or depends on the other; "the complementarity of the sexes"
correlation, correlativity - a reciprocal relation between two or more things
interdependence, interdependency, mutuality - a reciprocal relation between interdependent entities (objects or individuals or groups)
mutuality, mutualness - a reciprocality of sentiments; "the mutuality of their affection was obvious"
reciprocal - something (a term or expression or concept) that has a reciprocal relation to something else; "risk is the reciprocal of safety"
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The principle of reciprocality seems to require that its obligation on the other States should be reduced to the same standard.
There are separate equations for four different generations, as well as a set of equations to check for reciprocality between every second generation.
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While in Derrida's work there is an emphasis on the reversible terminology of hospes, the reciprocality of the guest/host relationship and the insoluble antinomy in between, in Hegel's chapter on 'Independence and Dependence' the accent remains on the dialectical movement of conflicting forms of particularity, their disquieting but productive entanglement and ironic reversals.
Queer relay admits reciprocality of various agents in commercial cultural production that appropriate and redirect one another traversing the spaces of capital and subversion--that is, the commodification process.
Female labor and male labor are inadequate equivalents (Popescu, 2016): they are different factors of production that are aggregated furthermore with capital in a technology that displays a more powerful reciprocality between capital and female labor than between capital and male labor because a boost in the capital stock confines the gender pay differential.
Planters in the colonies typically ignored the reciprocality that traditionally accompanied the master-servant relationship in England.
In this theory, cognition is based on the person with regard to what Bandura called triadic reciprocality between one's behavior, environment, and personal factors.
In fact, if material agency operates, when it comes to describing how intentions and knowledge drive the making "verbal description, however detailed, can hardly capture the phenomenological perturbations of real activity and the reciprocality between the crafter and the crafted" (20).
In addition, Bandura (1986) described behavior using the framework of triadic reciprocality (Figure 1) among behavior, environmental influences, and personal factors.
Strategy accepts this reciprocality; whereas diplomacy and statecraft rarely do.
The authors' interpretation of the study findings led to a context-specific revision of Bandura's (1986) Triadic Reciprocality Model.