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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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  • Character traits and values are discussed in the section on interpersonal relationships.

  • "interpersonal relationships within the office framework," a teacher—Mr. Greystone?

    Hex Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
  • Many ordinary problems involve not only physical, concrete parts but also interpersonal elements.

  • The main purpose of social work is to help people cope with stress from interpersonal or social problems.

  • Thus problem solving involves both the physical world and the interpersonal world.

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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