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1    of, relating to, or designating something given by each of two people, countries, etc., to the other; mutual  
reciprocal friendship, reciprocal trade     
2    given or done in return  
a reciprocal favour     
3    (of a pronoun) indicating that action is given and received by each subject; for example, each other in the sentence they started to shout at each other  
4      (Maths)   of or relating to a number or quantity divided into one  
5      (Navigation)   denoting a course or bearing that is 180° from the previous or assumed one  
6    something that is reciprocal  
7      (Also called)    inverse     (Maths)   a number or quantity that when multiplied by a given number or quantity gives a product of one  
the reciprocal of 2 is 0.5     
     (C16: from Latin reciprocus alternating)  
  reciprocality      n  
  reciprocally      adv  
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alternate, complementary, correlative, corresponding, equivalent, exchanged, give-and-take, interchangeable, interdependent, mutual, reciprocative, reciprocatory  
   one-way, unilateral, unreciprocated  

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