[ 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.

Origin of interpersonal

First recorded in 1835–45; inter- + personal

Other words from interpersonal

  • in·ter·per·son·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use interpersonal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for interpersonal


/ (ˌɪntəˈpɜːsənəl) /

  1. between persons; involving personal relationships

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