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reciprocal exchange

Definition of Reciprocal Exchange

(noun) The nonmarket transfer of goods or services between two or more people based on role-determined obligations.

Example of Reciprocal Exchange

Reciprocal Exchange Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /rəˈsɪprək(ə)l ɛksˈtʃeɪndʒ/
      • /riˈsɪprək(ə)l ɛksˈtʃeɪndʒ/
    • British English
      • /rᵻˈsɪprəkl ɛksˈtʃeɪndʒ/
  • Syllabification: (re·cip·ro·cal ex·change)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: reciprocal exchanges
  • Also called reciprocity.

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Cite the Definition of Reciprocal Exchange

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “reciprocal exchange.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 19, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/reciprocal-exchange/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

reciprocal exchange. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/reciprocal-exchange/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “reciprocal exchange.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 19, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/reciprocal-exchange/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“reciprocal exchange.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 19 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/reciprocal-exchange/>.