RR167 Word of the Week: Reciprocity
This word is a good one to remember if you would like to have a beneficial relationship. It applies to business relationships and personal ones…even when there are amorous.
Cambridge: a situation in which two groups agree to help each other by behaving in the same way or by giving each other similar advantages
Reciprocal: operating for both, esp. equally or to a similar degree:
Oxford English: The practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit, especially privileges granted by one country or organization to another.
Reciprocal: Given, felt, or done in return.
Etymology: 1766, from French réciprocité (18c.), from reciproque, from Latin reciprocus, past participle of reciprocare (see reciprocal).
“moving backward and forward, alternating; mutually exchanged or exchangeable; having an interchangeable character or relation, mutually equivalent and correspondent,” 1560s, with -al (1) + stem of Latin reciprocus “returning the same way, alternating,” from pre-Latin *reco-proco-, from *recus (from re- “back;” see re-, + -cus, adjective formation) + *procus (from pro- “forward,” see pro-, + -cus). Related: Reciprocally. The noun meaning “that which is reciprocal” (to another) is from 1560s.
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