interdependence

noun
variants: or interdependency
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of interdependence

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

First Known Use of interdependence

1817


INTERDEPENDENCE Defined for Kids

interdependence

noun in·ter·de·pen·dence \ ˌin-tər-di-ˈpen-dəns \

Definition of interdependence for Students

:the quality or state of depending on one another
  • … they would have to help each other dress and would learn interdependence.
  • —Lois Lowry, The Giver


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