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[res-uh-pros-i-tee] /ˌrɛs əˈprɒs ɪ ti/
a reciprocal state or relation.
reciprocation; mutual exchange.
the relation or policy in commercial dealings between countries by which corresponding advantages or privileges are granted by each country to the citizens of the other.
Origin of reciprocity
1760-70; < Latin reciproc(us) (see reciprocal) + -ity
Related forms
nonreciprocity, noun Unabridged
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  • We must combine it with some degree of altruism, some concern for our fellow human beings based on the principle of reciprocity.
  • Boastful pride is condemned, because it rips the delicate web of reciprocity.
  • One would think that the affinities would pronounce themselves with a surer reciprocity.
  • As long as such reciprocity remains, sovereign funds should find themselves able to shop fairly freely.
  • In these cases, the reciprocity schedule of the principal alien's nationality is used.
  • The following schedule of visa fees and validity is to be used until a formal reciprocity schedule is developed.
  • Explains who is eligible for reciprocity and how to apply.
  • reciprocity may be denied if new information is developed and cannot be mitigated during the adjudication process.
  • There was thus a degree of reciprocity in the manorial system.
British Dictionary definitions for reciprocity


noun (pl) -ities
reciprocal action or relation
a mutual exchange of commercial or other privileges
Word Origin
C18: via French from Latin reciprocusreciprocal
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Word Origin and History for reciprocity

1766, from French réciprocité (18c.), from reciproque, from Latin reciprocus, past participle of reciprocare (see reciprocal).

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