[ in-ter-di-pen-duh ns ]
/ ˌɪn tər dɪˈpɛn dəns /


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

Nearby words

  1. interdental septum,
  2. interdental splint,
  3. interdentil,
  4. interdentium,
  5. interdepartmental,
  6. interdependency,
  7. interdependent,
  8. interdict,
  9. interdict list,
  10. interdiction

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


[ in-ter-di-pen-duh nt ]
/ ˌɪn tər dɪˈpɛn dənt /


mutually dependent; depending on each other.

Origin of interdependent

First recorded in 1810–20; inter- + dependent

Related formsin·ter·de·pend·ence, in·ter·de·pend·en·cy, nounin·ter·de·pend·ent·ly, adverbnon·in·ter·de·pend·ent, adjectivenon·in·ter·de·pend·ent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for interdependencies

  • Construction means dramatic architecture, or in other words, a careful pre-arrangement of proportions and interdependencies.

    Play-Making|William Archer
  • This making does not come about in a vacuum, but in the pragmatic framework of our interdependencies.

  • The difference lies in the quality and degree of the perception of ties and interdependencies; in the use to which they are put.

British Dictionary definitions for interdependencies


/ (ˌɪntədɪˈpɛndəns) /


dependence between two or more people, groups, or thingsthe interdependence of economies
Derived Formsinterdependency, noun


/ (ˌɪntədɪˈpɛndənt) /


relating to two or more people or things dependent on each other
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Word Origin and History for interdependencies
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for interdependencies


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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