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Definitions for reciprocity
ˌrɛs əˈprɒs ɪ tirec·i·proc·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. reciprocality, reciprocitynoun

    a relation of mutual dependence or action or influence

  2. reciprocitynoun

    mutual exchange of commercial or other privileges


  1. reciprocitynoun

    the characteristic of being reciprocal, e.g. of a relationship between people

  2. reciprocitynoun

    a reciprocal relationship

  3. reciprocitynoun

    a relation of mutual dependence or action or influence

  4. reciprocitynoun

    the mutual exchange of rights, privileges or obligations between nations

  5. reciprocitynoun

    the responses of individuals to the actions of others

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reciprocitynoun

    mutual action and reaction

  2. Reciprocitynoun

    reciprocal advantages, obligations, or rights; reciprocation


  1. Reciprocity

    Reciprocity in social psychology refers to responding to a positive action with another positive action, rewarding kind actions. As a social construct, reciprocity means that in response to friendly actions, people are frequently much nicer and much more cooperative than predicted by the self-interest model; conversely, in response to hostile actions they are frequently much more nasty and even brutal.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Reciprocity

    a term used in economics to describe commercial treaties entered into by two countries, by which it is agreed that, while a strictly protective tariff is maintained as regards other countries, certain articles shall be allowed to pass between the two contracting countries free of or with only light duties; this is the cardinal principle of Fair Trade, and is so far opposed to Free Trade.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. reciprocity

    1. The act of seconding the emotion. 2. A widow teaching a clergyman how to tango, in return for his kindness in having shown her how to swim.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. reciprocity

    The enlarging or contracting particular admiralty statutes, to meet the usages of foreign powers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reciprocity in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reciprocity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of reciprocity in a Sentence

  1. Jeffrey Mankoff:

    It's kind of a reciprocity, they see us trying to muscle in on what they see as their sphere of influence. (Russia is likely thinking), 'If they can do it to us, we can do it them.'.

  2. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:

    We hope that the United States, as a country which promotes the rule of law, will respect its international obligations, if this does not happen, if we see that this step is not seen as essential in Washington, then of course we will take retaliatory measures. This is the law of diplomacy, the law of international affairs, that reciprocity is the basis of all relations.

  3. Robert Rector:

    Welfare was never intended to be a one-way handout, but a program based on the idea of reciprocity, those who receive benefits from the government should be required to work or participate in work-training as a condition.

  4. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Simplicity is the best strategy. Reciprocity is the best policy.

  5. Jenny Radesky:

    You have to work to read what your dog is thinking and respond to their behavior. That gets kids out of their headspace and more thinking about what another being is thinking, that's [ the magical factor ] of empathy and social reciprocity, meaning the back and forth of relationships that helps us heal during times of stress.

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