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Meaning of MUTUAL

Pronunciation:  'myoochooul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  experienced or expressed by each toward the other; "mutual trust"; "a mutual defense treaty"
  2. [adj]  common to or shared by two or more parties; "a common friend"; "the mutual interests of management and labor"

MUTUAL is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: common, reciprocal, shared



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mu"tu*al\, a. [F. mutuel, L. mutuus, orig., exchanged,
borrowed, lent; akin to mutare to change. See {Mutable}.]
1. Reciprocally acting or related; reciprocally receiving and
   giving; reciprocally given and received; reciprocal;
   interchanged; as, a mutual love, advantage, assistance,
   aversion, etc.

         Conspiracy and mutual promise.        --Sir T. More.

         Happy in our mutual help, And mutual love. --Milton.

         A certain shyness on such subjects, which was mutual
         between the sisters.                  --G. Eliot.

2. Possessed, experienced, or done by two or more persons or
   things at the same time; common; joint; as, mutual
   happiness; a mutual effort. --Burke.

         A vast accession of misery and woe from the mutual
         weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.

Note: This use of mutual as synonymous with common is
      inconsistent with the idea of interchange, or
      reciprocal relation, which properly belongs to it; but
      the word has been so used by many writers of high
      authority. The present tendency is toward a careful

            Mutual, as Johnson will tell us, means something
            reciprocal, a giving and taking. How could people
            have mutual ancestors?             --P. Harrison.

{Mutual insurance}, agreement among a number of persons to
   insure each other against loss, as by fire, death, or

{Mutual insurance company}, one which does a business of
   insurance on the mutual principle, the policy holders
   sharing losses and profits pro rata.

Syn: Reciprocal; interchanged; common.

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