# What is the reciprocal of a number?

The word reciprocal has its roots in Latin as the word “reciprocus” meaning “returning”.

## Answer: The reciprocal of a number x can be written as 1/x. Also, the product of a number and its reciprocal is equal to 1.

Let us understand the term reciprocal.

**Explanation:**

In other words, we can also say that the reciprocal of a number is; 1 divided by that number.

For example, Reciprocal of 7 = 1 ÷ 7 = 1/7

Reciprocal is a number that when multiplied to the given number gives the product 1.

Especially in the case of fractions, to find the reciprocal of a fraction, interchange the numerator and denominator.

For example, the reciprocal of 7/10 is 10/7

Note: Reciprocal is another word for the multiplicative inverse.

### Thus, we have seen the definition of reciprocal and a few examples related to it.

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