I'm looking for a word that that describes how someone might be giving and the other person is just taking and not giving nothing back

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    A one-sided relationship? – FumbleFingers Mar 2 '18 at 18:03
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    Can you provide some context, and an example sentence in which you would use this word? – Hellion Mar 2 '18 at 19:46
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    Without an example sentence, there's absolutely no way to tell. I don't even know if you want us to describe the giver, the taker or the event. – Tushar Raj Mar 2 '18 at 20:07

I think your word is: unrequited.

It means doing something without condition. Not completely ensuring your request but I think if you use this word, you won't encounter any problems.

  • Welcome to English Language & Usage. Your answer, no matter how good, needs a citation as to the source (dictionary, etc). – J. Taylor Mar 2 '18 at 19:43
  • Annoyingly, it’s a good fit, but the definition here is wrong :o) – Will Crawford Mar 3 '18 at 2:07

@FumbleFingers is spot-on with one-sided if you want to describe the whole situation, the relationship, or its dynamic.

It might be you want altruistic (Cambridge), or simply unconditional (Ibid.), to describe the behaviour of the giver.

Both of these suggest a lack of expectation. If you were implying a degree of abuse in the situation¹, they would shift their meaning slightly (suggesting naïveté), but would not be inappropriate.

¹ A common relationship situation is parenthood, where it’s expected to be fairly one-sided, and unconditional (love) is the norm.


The word you're looking for is "reciprocity". Verb form: "reciprocate".

verb (used with object), reciprocated, reciprocating.

  1. to give, feel, etc., in return.
    source: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/reciprocate

This word is specifically the act of giving in return, which you mention. In your example, reciprocity would me missing.

  • I think the word should be unreciprocated. It's a good answer though, and kudos for including the source. – Will Crawford Mar 3 '18 at 2:09

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