Definitions for mutualˈmyu tʃu əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mu•tu•al*ˈmyu tʃu əl(adj.)

  1. possessed, experienced, performed, etc., by each of two or more with respect to the other; reciprocal:

    mutual respect.

  2. having the same relation each toward the other:

    mutual enemies.

  3. held in common; shared:

    mutual interests.

  4. pertaining to a form of corporate organization without stockholders, in which members proportionately share profits and losses, expenses, etc.

    Category: Business

* Usage: The earliest (15th century) meaning of mutual is “reciprocal”:Teachers and students sometimes suffer from mutual misunderstanding.By the 16th century mutual had developed the additional sense “held in common, shared”:Their mutual objective is peace.This use is occasionally criticized, on the grounds that the later sense development was somehow wrong.

Origin of mutual:

1470–80; < MF mutuel < L mūtu(us) mutual, reciprocal (mūt(āre) to change (see mutate ) +-uus deverbal adj. suffix) + MF -el (< L -ālis) -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. common, mutual(adj)

    common to or shared by two or more parties

    "a common friend"; "the mutual interests of management and labor"

  2. reciprocal, mutual(adj)

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

    "reciprocal aid"; "reciprocal trade"; "mutual respect"; "reciprocal privileges at other clubs"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. mutual(adjective)ˈmyu tʃu əl

    affecting two people equally, or felt equally by two people

    The two men have a mutual respect for each other.; the need for mutual understanding

  2. mutualˈmyu tʃu əl

    shared by two people

    a mutual friend; mutually dependent; a contract that is mutually beneficial


  1. mutual(Noun)

    A mutual fund, etc.

  2. mutual(Adjective)

    Having the same relationship, each to each other.

  3. mutual(Adjective)


  4. mutual(Adjective)

    Possessed in common.

  5. mutual(Adjective)

    Owned by the members.

  6. Origin: From mutuel, from mutuus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mutual(adj)

    reciprocally acting or related; reciprocally receiving and giving; reciprocally given and received; reciprocal; interchanged; as, a mutual love, advantage, assistance, aversion, etc

  2. Mutual(adj)

    possessed, experienced, or done by two or more persons or things at the same time; common; joint; as, mutual happiness; a mutual effort


  1. Mutual

    Mutual is a village in Champaign County, Ohio, United States. The population was 104 at the 2010 census.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mutual' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4042

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mutual' in Adjectives Frequency: #550

Anagrams of mutual

  1. umlaut

Translations for mutual

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


given etc by each of two or more to the other(s)

mutual help; Their dislike was mutual.

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