of or pertaining to the relations between persons: He has strong interpersonal skills.
existing or occurring between persons.

Origin of interpersonal

First recorded in 1835–45; inter- + personal
Related formsin·ter·per·son·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for interpersonal

social, mutual, relational, civil, communal

Examples from the Web for interpersonal

Contemporary Examples of interpersonal

Historical Examples of interpersonal

  • "Interpersonal relationships within the office framework," a teacher—Mr. Greystone?


    Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)

  • The main purpose of social work is to help people cope with stress from interpersonal or social problems.

  • Thus problem solving involves both the physical world and the interpersonal world.

  • Many ordinary problems involve not only physical, concrete parts but also interpersonal elements.

  • Character traits and values are discussed in the section on interpersonal relationships.

British Dictionary definitions for interpersonal



between persons; involving personal relationships
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Word Origin and History for interpersonal

1842, from inter- + personal. Introduced in a psychological sense 1938 by H.S. Sullivan (1892-1949) to describe "behavior between people in an encounter."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper