[ koh-di-pen-duhnt ]
/ 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
OTHER WORDS FROM codependentco·de·pend·en·cy, co·de·pend·ence, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for codependent
They force you to switch from being a co-dependent to being a good parent.
This cult of drug-pushing doctors, with their co-dependent relationships with addicted celebrities, must be stopped.
Medical definitions for codependent
Of or relating to a relationship in which one person is psychologically dependent in an unhealthy way on someone who is addicted to a drug or self-destructive behavior, such as chronic gambling.
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