[in-ter-di-pen-duh ns]


the quality or condition of being interdependent, or mutually reliant on each other: Globalization of economies leads to an ever-increasing interdependence of countries.

Sometimes in·ter·de·pend·en·cy.

Origin of interdependence

Related formsnon·in·ter·de·pend·ence, non·in·ter·de·pend·en·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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dependence between two or more people, groups, or thingsthe interdependence of economies
Derived Formsinterdependency, noun
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Word Origin and History for interdependence

1822, from inter- + dependence.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for interdependence


In economics, the concept that all prices are to some degree affected by all other prices and also that all markets are affected by all other markets.

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