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codependency

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noun co·de·pen·den·cy \-dən(t)-sē\

Simple Definition of codependency

  • : a psychological condition in which someone is in an unhappy and unhealthy relationship that involves living with and providing care for another person (such as a drug addict or an alcoholic)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of codependency

  1. :  a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (as an addiction to alcohol or heroin); broadly :  dependence on the needs of or control by another

1979

First Known Use of codependency

1979


Medical Dictionary

codependency

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noun co·de·pen·den·cy \ˌkō-di-ˈpen-dən-sē\

Medical Definition of codependency

plural codependencies

  1. :  a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person manifesting low self-esteem and a strong desire for approval has an unhealthy attachment to another person and places the needs of that person before his or her own In codependency, a person tries to satisfy the needs of another who is often controlling or manipulative and who may have an addictive or emotionally unstable personality. ; broadly :  dependence on the needs of or control by another



Variants of codependency

or co–dependency also codependence or co–dependence \-dən(t)s\ play

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