codependence

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

Definition of codependence

Examples of codependence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But compared with Castorf’s gleefully baffling staging, which often abandoned coherent storytelling altogether, Schwarz’s is fairly straightforward in its account of the codependence and acrimony running through a family. New York Times, 7 Aug. 2022 Before long, the two embark on a furtive relationship based on support, guidance, control and codependence. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 In the new season, Tuca and Bertie struggle with the extent to which their codependence prevents them from forming other emotional attachments. The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2021 Now in its second year since the border was closed to nonessential travels, people have adapted to new realities amid a growing debate about what looms ahead for a region whose codependence and uniformity is now in question. Dallas News, 12 Apr. 2021 The novels feel separated at birth; both are stories of enslavement, codependence, control of the future, and women whose will to sustain life is perverted by men. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2021 And then for me, my codependence was my dad left me and my mom at a young age. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 24 Jan. 2021 As the bubbles converge, their codependence is a fragile balance maintained through faith. Danny Chau, The Atlantic, 30 July 2020 Too much of her performance in this series, about two women whose codependence is built on various murders of husbands and boyfriends, current or former, is impossible. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, 4 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of codependence

1986, in the meaning defined above

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14 Aug 2022

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“Codependence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/codependence. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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