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RECIPROCAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does reciprocal mean? 

RECIPROCAL (noun)
  The noun RECIPROCAL has 3 senses:

1. something (a term or expression or concept) that has a reciprocal relation to something else
2. (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
3. hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype

  Familiarity information: RECIPROCAL used as a noun is uncommon.


RECIPROCAL (adjective)
  The adjective RECIPROCAL has 2 senses:

1. concerning each of two or more persons or things; especially given or done in return
2. of or relating to the multiplicative inverse of a quantity or function

  Familiarity information: RECIPROCAL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


RECIPROCAL (noun)


Sense 1reciprocal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something (a term or expression or concept) that has a reciprocal relation to something else

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Context example:

risk is the reciprocal of safety

Hypernyms ("reciprocal" is a kind of...):

reciprocality; reciprocity (a relation of mutual dependence or action or influence)


Sense 2reciprocal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Synonyms:

multiplicative inverse; reciprocal

Hypernyms ("reciprocal" is a kind of...):

inverse; opposite (something inverted in sequence or character or effect)

Domain category:

math; mathematics; maths (a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement)


Sense 3reciprocal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

reciprocal cross; reciprocal

Hypernyms ("reciprocal" is a kind of...):

cross; crossbreeding; crossing; hybridisation; hybridization; hybridizing; interbreeding ((genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids)


RECIPROCAL (adjective)


Sense 1reciprocal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Concerning each of two or more persons or things; especially given or done in return

Synonyms:

reciprocal; mutual

Context examples:

reciprocal aid / reciprocal trade / mutual respect / reciprocal privileges at other clubs

Similar:

reciprocating; reciprocatory (moving alternately backward and forward)

interactional; interactive (capable of acting on or influencing each other)

correlative (expressing a reciprocal or complementary relation)

bilateral (affecting or undertaken by two parties)

reciprocative (given or done or owed to each other)

Antonym:

nonreciprocal (not reciprocal)


Sense 2reciprocal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Context example:

the reciprocal ratio of a:b is b:a

Similar:

inverse (opposite in nature or effect or relation to another quantity)


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