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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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Examples from the web for codependent
  • Their relationships are interdependent, or perhaps codependent.
  • These factors are interrelated in the sense that disease stage, bulk, and biologic aggressiveness are frequently codependent.
  • The lesser long-nosed bat, an endangered species, has developed a codependent relationship with the saguaro.
Word Origin and History for codependent
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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