Definition of reciprocity in English:


Syllabification: rec·i·proc·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌresəˈpräsətē


  • The practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit, especially privileges granted by one country or organization to another.
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    • We must oppose any trade rules based on even the most minimalist form of reciprocity in market access.
    • Furthermore, interpersonal relationships in Asia Pacific are based on reciprocity and return of favours.
    • Thus began a long correspondence and professional friendship based on reciprocity and shared artistic beliefs.


mid 18th century: from French réciprocité, from réciproque, from Latin reciprocus 'moving backward and forward' (see reciprocate).

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