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[in-ter-di-pen-duh ns] /ˌɪn tər dɪˈpɛn dəns/
the quality or condition of being interdependent, or mutually reliant on each other:
Globalization of economies leads to an ever-increasing interdependence of countries.
Sometimes, interdependency.
Origin of interdependence
Related forms
noninterdependence, noninterdependency, noun Unabridged
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  • Whence we infer that the interdependence of inanition and hallucinations was recognised by this illustrious professor of theology.

  • Their interdependence is, therefore, the point we have now to note.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
  • The festival occasions are especially valuable in developing the sense of interdependence and large-mindedness.

  • We may define correlation as the interdependence of two or more characters.

    The Making of Species Douglas Dewar
  • The nature of their interdependence is characteristic of each of the changes in the scale of humankind that interests us here.

British Dictionary definitions for interdependence


dependence between two or more people, groups, or things: the interdependence of economies
Derived Forms
interdependency, noun
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Word Origin and History for interdependence

1822, from inter- + dependence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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interdependence in Culture

interdependence definition

In economics, the concept that all prices are to some degree affected by all other prices and also that all markets are affected by all other markets.

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