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Mutual insurance company

Mutual \Mu"tu*al\, a. [F. mutuel, L. mutuus, orig., exchanged, borrowed, lent; akin to mutare to change. See Mutable.]

  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.
    --Burke.

    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.

Usage examples of "mutual insurance company".

She telephoned, and I'm going to the American Mutual Insurance Company, tomorrow for a receptionist job.