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
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Examples from the Web for co-dependent
Contemporary Examples of 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
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