codependence

noun

co·​de·​pen·​dence ˌkō-di-ˈpen-dən(t)s How to pronounce codependence (audio)

Examples of codependence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How very on-brand for the Barbie movie and its themes of patriarchy and codependence. Vulture, 25 Dec. 2023 Like all good weddings, this one doubles as a reunion: Cassandra and Judith, long accustomed to insular codependence, have spent the previous nine months apart, a tense separation. The New Yorker, 9 July 2023 Her goal should be independence, not codependence. Courtney Howard, Variety, 21 Apr. 2023 That is the essence of codependence. Dan Reilly, Vulture, 22 Apr. 2021 Republicans appeared on Thursday to be trying to reassure the public about the electoral system while withholding personal criticism of the president, a balancing act that shows their political codependence — one that has led G.O.P. lawmakers, with few exceptions, to faithfully execute his wishes. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, 24 Sep. 2020 Her ability to keep her word flow off-balance matched her vacillation between strength and weakness, happiness and sadness, codependence and independence. Bob Gendron, Chicago Tribune, 23 Feb. 2023 At the same time, Ethan and Harper begin to face the cracks in their own relationship, where their codependence veiled as closeness seem to push them further apart. Sara Klausing, Men's Health, 9 Dec. 2022 The new export restrictions contribute to the steady decline in US-China relations in recent years, despite decades of technological codependence during which Chinese manufacturing has become the bedrock of the US tech industry. WIRED, 12 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1986, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of codependence was in 1986

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“Codependence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/codependence. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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