codependent

adjective co·de·pen·dent \ ˌkō-di-ˈpen-dənt \

Definition of codependent

: participating in or exhibiting codependency

codependent

noun

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First Known Use of codependent

1982


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codependent

adjective co·de·pen·dent \ ˌkō-di-ˈpen-dənt \
variants: also co-dependent

medical Definition of codependent

: participating in or exhibiting codependency
  • a codependant relationship
  • The co-dependent spouse, for example, derives a purpose in life from the alcoholic's need to have someone run the household, help hide the addiction from public view and clean up disasters.
  • —Michael Vincent MillerThe New York Times Book Review17 May 1992

codependent

also co-dependent noun
    • What makes chemical dependency a uniquely devastating illness is that the affected person not only suffers physically, but is morally, emotionally, and spiritually sick as well. Family and friends often become codependents and suffer, too.
    • —Peter D. RogersThe Journal of the American Medical Association3 May 1985

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