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[in-ter-pur-suh-nl] /ˌɪn tərˈpɜr sə nl/
of or pertaining to the relations between persons:
He has strong interpersonal skills.
existing or occurring between persons.
Origin of interpersonal
1835-45; inter- + personal
Related forms
interpersonally, adverb Unabridged
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  • The worse thing about phone interviews is that they focus so much on behavioral questions and interpersonal work place scenarios.
  • Serious interpersonal conflicts have occurred in space flight.
  • Once there's some general insight extracted then that will flow to the rest of the group because of interpersonal networks.
  • interpersonal dramas can take place in hospitals or on space stations.
  • Email has absolutely changed interpersonal and intercompany communication in a fairly profound way.
  • But she also maintains that it reveals little about their interpersonal skills, leadership ability, integrity or adaptability.
  • Not infrequently, this rigidity is coupled with a vital absence of empathic ability in interpersonal dealings.
  • It certainly helped me to recognise and manage the softer, political and interpersonal aspects of a business.
  • interpersonal skills and network-building are supremely valuable abilities.
  • Sufferers are functional but impaired, particularly in social and interpersonal relationships.
British Dictionary definitions for interpersonal


between persons; involving personal relationships
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for interpersonal

1842, from inter- + personal. Introduced in a psychological sense 1938 by H.S. Sullivan (1892-1949) to describe "behavior between people in an encounter."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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