# What is the reciprocal of a number?

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

## Answer: When the product of two numbers is 1, they are said to be reciprocals of each other.

Let us understand the term reciprocal.

**Explanation:**

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

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

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.