Definition of codependent
: participating in or exhibiting codependency
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That is, until the trio takes a road trip that defines Andy’s true intentions, tests the siblings’ allegiance, and makes Krystal and Donny rethink their codependent lifestyle.
In Mike Nichols’s triumphant adaptation of the vicious Edward Albee play, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor — known for their turbulent romance offscreen — star as Albee’s unforgettable, bitter and utterly codependent couple.
New Yorkers, briefly, had seen themselves as members of a fragile, codependent collective, and that helplessness bred a rare willingness to help others and to be helped in turn.
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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 Miller, The New York Times Book Review, 17 May 1992
co–dependentnoun 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. Rogers, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 3 May 1985
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