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Bilateral; two-sided; mutual; interchanged.

Reciprocal obligations are duties owed by one individual to another and vice versa. A reciprocal contract is one in which the parties enter into mutual agreements.

Reciprocal laws are statutes of one state that give rights and privileges to the citizens of another state if that state extends similar privileges to the citizens of the first state. A common example is the Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act, which is a uniform law adopted in a majority of jurisdictions, by which a tribunal in the state where a wife or mother resides is able to commence proceedings for Child Support against a husband or father who resides in another state.


adjective alternating, bilateral, common, commutual, complemental, complementary, contingent, correlative, corresponding, give and take, interchangeable, interconnected, interdependent, interrelated, mutual, mutuus, parallel, reciprocative, requited, responded to, retaliative, retaliatory, retributive, returned, two-sided
Associated concepts: reciprocal agreements, reciprocal promises, reciprocal wills
See also: coequal, cognate, common, complement, correlate, correlative, counterpart, equivalent, related, same
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Hybridization effects of the different geographic population of Chlamys farreri III: The year long (1-2 years old) growth and development of Chinese population and Russian population and their reciprocal crosses.
Larval growth and survival of two Catarina scallop (Argopecten circularis) populations and their reciprocal crosses.
The growth rate of reciprocal crosses CI and IC exhibited no statistically significant difference, with both appearing to be intermediate between the parental species, but superior to the mid parent values.
A 2 x 2 factorial design was made between populations of D and G, resulting in 4 distinct groups: 2 reciprocal crosses H.