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common, mutual

Common means “belonging to many or to all.”

  • Misspelling is a common problem.

Mutual means “reciprocal.”

  • The couple’s trust and respect were mutual.

Avoid using mutual redundantly, as in "Canada and Mexico entered into a mutual agreement." (An agreement is by definition mutual.)