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codependent

[ koh-di-pen-duh nt ]
/ 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.

RELATED WORDS

addicted, hooked, attached, interconnected, interdependent

Nearby words

codeclination, coded, codefendant, codeia, codeine, codependent, coder, codetermination, codeword, codex, codex juris canonici

Origin of codependent

First recorded in 1985–90
Related formsco·de·pend·en·cy, co·de·pend·ence, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for codependent

  • These are codependent people who defend Cruz because they think they are helping him.

    Ted Cruz is the Miley Cyrus of the Senate|Dean Obeidallah|October 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • Or are they just pulling your chain with codependent demands?

  • Mainly by extricating yourself from codependent dynamics with them.

  • This phase can develop into an unhealthy, codependent relationship.

Word Origin and History for codependent

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