# Reciprocal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

*Amer.*|rɪˈsɪprəkl|

*Brit.*|rɪˈsɪprək(ə)l|

#### 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

- (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