[ koh-di-pen-duh nt ]
/ ˌkoʊ dɪˈpɛn dənt /
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.
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Origin of codependent
First recorded in 1985–90
Related formsco·de·pend·en·cy, co·de·pend·ence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for co-dependency
/ (ˌkəʊdɪˈpɛndənsɪ) /
psychol a state of mutual dependence between two people, esp when one partner relies emotionally on supporting and caring for the other partner
Derived Formsco-dependent, adjective, noun
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