[ in-ter-pur-suh-nl ]
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  1. of or pertaining to the relations between persons: As a leader goes higher in an organization, commonly their technical skills are called upon less and less, while their interpersonal skills become more important.

  2. existing or occurring between persons: It is unlikely that someone with paranoia will thrive in interpersonal relationships.She is trained and certified in the treatment of emotional trauma resulting from interpersonal violence.

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Origin of interpersonal

First recorded in 1835–45; inter- + personal

Other words from interpersonal

  • in·ter·per·son·al·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for interpersonal


/ (ˌɪntəˈpɜːsənəl) /

  1. between persons; involving personal relationships

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