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Meaning of “mutual” in the English Dictionary

"mutual" in British English

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mutualadjective

uk   us   /ˈmjuː.tʃu.əl/
C1 (of two or more ​people or ​groups) ​feeling the same ​emotion, or doing the same thing to or for each other: Theirs was a ​partnershipbased on mutual ​respect, ​trust and ​understanding. Both ​countries are ​acting to ​their mutual ​advantage. The ​agreement was ​terminated by mutual ​consent.

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mutualnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmjuː.tʃu.əl/ (also mutual company)
a ​financialorganization that is ​owned by ​itsmembers, ​rather than by shareholders
(Definition of mutual from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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mutualadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈmju·tʃu·əl/
(of two or more ​people or ​groups) ​feeling the same ​emotion, or doing the same thing to or for each other: The ​organizationpromotes mutual ​understanding between ​peoples. We ​let the ​subjectdrop, by mutual ​agreement. A mutual ​friend is someone who is a ​friend of each of two or more other ​people: They were gossiping about ​parties and mutual ​friends.
(Definition of mutual from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"mutual" in Business English

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mutualadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈmjuːtʃuəl/
used to describe something that is done or ​felt by all or both ​people in a ​group: by mutual agreement/consent He has now ​left the ​company by mutual ​agreement.mutual benefit/advantage Firms often do ​business together for ​purposes of mutual ​benefit.mutual respect/understanding/interest Ours will be a ​partnershipbased on fairness and mutual ​respect. a mutual decision
FINANCE used for describing a ​financialorganization that is ​owned by its ​members, rather than by ​shareholders: We are a mutual ​buildingsociety and that ​means we can ​pay good ​savingsrates to ​customers instead of ​paying out ​dividends to ​shareholders.

mutualnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈmjuːtʃuəl/ FINANCE
(also mutual company) a ​financialorganization such as a buildingsociety that is ​owned by its ​members, rather than by ​shareholders: Some mutuals ​converted to ​banks.
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(Definition of mutual from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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