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[in-ter-di-pen-duh nt] /ˌɪn tər dɪˈpɛn dənt/
mutually dependent; depending on each other.
Origin of interdependent
1810-20; inter- + dependent
Related forms
interdependence, interdependency, noun
interdependently, adverb
noninterdependent, adjective
noninterdependently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for interdependent
  • But while these developments are geographically distinct, they could not be more interdependent.
  • Global competency has three interdependent dimensions.
  • The world economy today is much more interdependent.
  • Portable art and rock art, she emphasized, are interdependent.
  • Both took place in the cafeteria of my dorm, and were interdependent.
  • The two live more interdependent lives, sometimes tightly tied and sometimes completely separated from one another.
  • Surveillance and communications technology was binding humans and tortoises into an interdependent community.
  • The reality of the situation is that they are the central parts of a web of interdependent companies.
  • As temperatures rise sooner in spring, interdependent species in many ecosystems are shifting dangerously out of sync.
  • All organisms crammed on the globe are intricately interdependent.
British Dictionary definitions for interdependent


relating to two or more people or things dependent on each other
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Word Origin and History for interdependent

1817, from inter- + dependent. Related: Interdependently.

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