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codependent

[koh-di-pen-duh nt] /ˌkoʊ dɪˈpɛn dənt/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a relationship in which one person is physically or psychologically addicted, as to alcohol or gambling, and the other person is psychologically dependent on the first in an unhealthy way.
noun
2.
one who is codependent or in a codependent relationship.
Origin
1985-1990
1985-90
Related forms
codependency, codependence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for co-dependency

co-dependency

/ˌkəʊdɪˈpɛndənsɪ/
noun
1.
(psychol) a state of mutual dependence between two people, esp when one partner relies emotionally on supporting and caring for the other partner
Derived Forms
co-dependent, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for co-dependency

codependent

adj.

also co-dependent, by 1905, in various senses, from co- + dependent. Modern psycological sense is attested from c.1983. Related: Codependence, codependency.

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