1. Reciprocally acting or related; reciprocally receiving and giving; reciprocally given and received; reciprocal; interchanged; as, a mutual love, advantage, assistance, aversion, etc.
Conspiracy and mutual promise. --Sir T. More.
Happy in our mutual help,
And mutual love. --Milton.
A certain shyness on such subjects, which was mutual between the sisters. --G. Eliot.
2. Possessed, experienced, or done by two or more persons or things at the same time; common; joint; as, mutual happiness; a mutual effort.
A vast accession of misery and woe from the mutual weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth. --Bentley.
Note: ☞ This use of mutual as synonymous with common is inconsistent with the idea of interchange, or reciprocal relation, which properly belongs to it; but the word has been so used by many writers of high authority. The present tendency is toward a careful discrimination.
Mutual, as Johnson will tell us, means something reciprocal, a giving and taking. How could people have mutual ancestors? --P. Harrison.
Mutual insurance, agreement among a number of persons to insure each other against loss, as by fire, death, or accident.
Mutual insurance company, one which does a business of insurance on the mutual principle, the policy holders sharing losses and profits pro rata.
Syn: -- Reciprocal; interchanged; common.