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Adjective: reciprocal  ri'si-pru-kul
  1. Concerning each of two or more persons or things; especially given or done in return
    "reciprocal aid";
    - mutual
  2. Of or relating to the multiplicative inverse of a quantity or function
    "the reciprocal ratio of a:b is b:a"
Noun: reciprocal  ri'si-pru-kul
  1. Something (a term, expression or concept) that has a reciprocal relation to something else
    "risk is the reciprocal of safety"
  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
    - multiplicative inverse
  3. Hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype
    - reciprocal cross

Derived forms: reciprocals

See also: bilateral, correlative, interactional, interactive, inverse, reciprocative, reciprocatory, trilateral

Type of: cross, crossbreeding, crossing, hybridisation [Brit], hybridising [Brit], hybridization, hybridizing, interbreeding, inverse, opposite, reciprocality, reciprocity

Antonym: nonreciprocal

Encyclopedia: Reciprocal