Reciprocal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈsɪprəkl|  American pronunciation of the word reciprocal
Brit.  |rɪˈsɪprək(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word reciprocal

noun

- something (a term or expression or concept) that has an inverse relation to something else
- (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
- hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype

adjective

- of or relating to the multiplicative inverse of a quantity or function

Examples

He spoke of the necessity for a reciprocal relationship that would be useful for all sides.

Such treaties provide reciprocal rights and obligations.

risk is the reciprocal of safety

the reciprocal ratio of a:b is b:a

the reciprocal of safety is risk

in all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance

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