from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being mutual; reciprocity; interchange. Thus, a contract that has no consideration is said to be void for want of mutuality.
  • noun Interchange of acts or expressions of affection or kindness; familiarity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of correlation; reciprocation; interchange; interaction; interdependence.
  • noun (Law) Reciprocity of consideration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The property of being mutual.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a reciprocal relation between interdependent entities (objects or individuals or groups)
  • noun a reciprocality of sentiments


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  • The two interacting subjects cannot act together unless some kind of mutuality is established.

    Where Women Make History: Gendered Tellings of Community and Change in Magude, Mozambique 2005

  • In reality, many not only found the idea of mutuality "" inconvenient ''; they flat-out didn't accept it.

    Why We Can't Get Along 2008

  • Normans employed sophisticated feudalism as their engine; the Iroquois, a shade more egalitarian, employed the notion of mutuality and common law but were just as ruthless in establishing it.

    The Skrayling Tree Moorcock, Michael, 1939- 2003

  • The principle here neglected, which may be called mutuality by those who misunderstand and dislike the word equality, does not offer so clear a distinction between the Prussian and the other peoples as did the first

    New York Times, Current History, Vol 1, Issue 1 From the Beginning to March, 1915 With Index Various

  • You look at all these young people here, with your tee-shirts on, doing good things -- Dr. King once gave a sermon at the National Cathedral here in Washington in which he said, we are all caught up in -- and he had a wonderful phrase -- he said, in an inescapable web of mutuality, which is an elegant way of saying that I can never be fully what I want to be unless you have a chance to be fully what you want to be.

    Remarks By The President At Martin Luther King Day Event ITY National Archives 2000

  • It's that he is at a-- as I said, an intellectual and cultural level, and he has a-- shares a kind of mutuality of insight with Dylan, who I think is, you know, the leading literary figure of our times, you know, and one of the leading literary figures of the century.

    CNN Transcript Jun 29, 2008 2008

  • And what appears to be going on according to western diplomat, is some kind of mutuality, some kind of choreography, some kind of attempt to finesse the impasse that all sides are at the moment.

    CNN Transcript Jul 4, 2008 2008

  • A good legal culture, on this definition, will be one that allows and encourages this kind of mutuality, not simply one that reinforces the general claims of the other and the community.

    Prison Reform Trust Lecture 'Criminal Justice - building responsibility' 2007

  • This idea that an economy can be ordered on the basis of "mutuality" and the identification of the interests of employer and employee, is difficult for those who assume that an economic system must be powered by competition and self-interest.

    Distributism: Economics as if People Mattered 2007

  • Later, as I contemplated the message that evening, I wondered if this kind of mutuality had an application to the spiritual life as well, particularly with regard to the Mass.

    A Partnership of Love Heidi Hess Saxton 2007


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