- 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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Examples from the Web for co-dependent
They force you to switch from being a co-dependent to being a good parent.Why Denise Richards Stands by Charlie Sheen
February 8, 2011
This cult of drug-pushing doctors, with their co-dependent relationships with addicted celebrities, must be stopped.Chopra: Michael Jackson Could Have Been Saved
July 2, 2009
Word Origin and History for co-dependent
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