codependent

[koh-di-pen-duh nt]
adjective
  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.
noun
  1. one who is codependent or in a codependent relationship.

Origin of codependent

First recorded in 1985–90
Related formsco·de·pend·en·cy, co·de·pend·ence, noun
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Examples from the Web for codependency

Contemporary Examples of codependency

  • Now Perry and reporters are in a different phase: codependency.

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    Perry Can Still Win

    Matt Latimer

    October 20, 2011


Word Origin and History for codependency

codependent

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper