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codependent

[ koh-di-pen-duhnt ]
/ ˌkoʊ dɪˈpɛn dənt /
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adjective

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

one who is codependent or in a codependent relationship.

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Origin of codependent

First recorded in 1985–90

OTHER WORDS FROM codependent

co·de·pend·en·cy, co·de·pend·ence, noun
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Medical definitions for codependent

codependent

adj.

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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