Definition of reciprocity in English:


Line breaks: reci|procity
Pronunciation: /ˌrɛsɪˈprɒsɪti


[mass noun]
The practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit, especially privileges granted by one country or organization to another: the Community intends to start discussions on reciprocity with third countries
More example sentences
  • 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 backwards and forwards' (see reciprocate).

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