Mutual vs Multiple - What's the difference?

mutual | multiple |

As adjectives the difference between mutual and multiple

is that mutual is having the same relationship, each to each other while multiple is multiple.

As a noun mutual

is a mutual fund, etc.



Alternative forms

* (abbreviation) * (obsolete)


(en adjective)
  • Having the same relationship, each to each other.
  • They were mutual enemies.
  • Reciprocal.
  • They had mutual fear of each other.
  • Possessed in common.
  • They had a mutual love of the same woman.
  • Owned by the members.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • A mutual fund, etc.
  • Anagrams

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    (en adjective)
  • Having more than one element, part, component, or function, particularly many.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Catherine Clabby
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= Focus on Everything , passage=Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus.


    * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l)


    * (many) (l) (rare)

    Derived terms

    * Law of multiple proportion (Law of Dalton) * multiple algebra * multiple conjugation * multiple exposure * multiple fruits * multiple orgasm * multiple star


    (en noun)
  • (mathematics) A number that may be divided by another number with no remainder.
  • * 14, 21 and 70 are multiples of 7
  • (finance) Price-earnings ratio.
  • One of a set of the same thing; a duplicate.
  • A single individual who has multiple personalities.
  • * 2010 , Ann M. Garvey, Ann's Multiple World of Personality: Regular No Cream, No Sugar
  • I had seen its first show when it was a freebie, but I thought it made multiples in general look silly – no one changes clothes THAT much!
  • * 2000 , Henk Driessen, ?Ton Otto, Perplexities of identification (page 115)
  • Non-abused multiples have no need of doctors, and they have carved out a foothold of their own from where they speak confidently about their utopian vision of a multiple world.

    Derived terms

    * common multiple * least common multiple