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[koh-di-pen-duh nt]
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  1. 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.
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  1. 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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Related Words for co-dependent

addicted, hooked, attached, interconnected, interdependent

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Word Origin and History for co-dependent



also co-dependent, by 1905, in various senses, from co- + dependent. Modern psycological sense is attested from c.1983. Related: Codependence, codependency.

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