interdependence

noun

in·​ter·​de·​pen·​dence ˌin-tər-di-ˈpen-dən(t)s How to pronounce interdependence (audio)
variants or interdependency
plural interdependences or interdependencies
1
: the state of being dependent upon one another : mutual dependence
interdependence of the two nations' economies
… a form of symbiosis, of close mutual interdependence of two species of organisms.Marston Bates
… the deep psychological interdependence between ourselves and those we love.Judith A. Savage
… understood the interdependence of mental, physical, and spiritual health.Donald N. Levine
But plants happen to grow in these little universes we call ecosystems, where they are sustained by complex webs of interdependency with fungi, microbes, animals, and other plants.Kenneth Brower
2
: a mutually dependent relationship
Growing global interdependencies further muddy the debate, making it harder to know who "we" are and what "our" national interests really are.Peter H. Schuck
There are complex interdependences among these factors …Victor H. Benenberg

Examples of interdependence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Globalization Isn’t Dead The world is more fragmented, but interdependence still rules. Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 Numerous references in the Bible establish a nexus between farming and God — thereby illustrating the interdependence of the nature of earth and spiritual development. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 13 Mar. 2024 This interdependence with the people of the area is a welcome lesson in how respecting geography and hyperlocal history cultivates a richer appreciation on both sides. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Dec. 2023 But the countries are deeply linked, sharing a 2,000-mile border, growing economic interdependence, deep social and cultural ties — and a sometimes-rocky partnership on security concerns such as immigration and drug trafficking. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for interdependence 

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of interdependence was in 1817

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“Interdependence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interdependence. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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