- of or relating 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.
- one who is codependent or in a codependent relationship.
Origin of codependent
First recorded in 1985–90
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- psychol a state of mutual dependence between two people, esp when one partner relies emotionally on supporting and caring for the other partner
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Word Origin and History for co-dependency
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