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reciprocal - Dictionary definition and meaning for word reciprocal

(noun) something (a term or expression or concept) that has a reciprocal relation to something else
Example Sentence
  • risk is the reciprocal of safety

(noun) (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
(noun) hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype
Synonyms : reciprocal cross

(adj) concerning each of two or more persons or things; especially given or done in return
Synonyms : mutual
Example Sentence
  • reciprocal aid
  • reciprocal trade
  • mutual respect
  • reciprocal privileges at other clubs

(adj) of or relating to the multiplicative inverse of a quantity or function
Example Sentence
  • the reciprocal ratio of a:b is b:a

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for reciprocal

x= 1/y , it is reciprocal because x and y can be exchangeable.
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by onno manush

when multiplying a ratio,, we have to mutually multiply both denominator and numerator with a quantity
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