in·​ter·​de·​pen·​dent ˌin-tər-di-ˈpen-dənt How to pronounce interdependent (audio)
: dependent upon one another : mutually dependent
interdependent statistical variables
… the interdependent gyrations of double suns …James Joyce
… the interrelationships between social groupings were reciprocal and interdependent.Howard P. Chudacoff
In an interdependent world, every nation is dependent upon every other.Michael Novak
interdependently adverb
Atlantis is to have its own economic activities, but the city is to function interdependently with other centers in the greater Cape Town region. John Western

Examples of interdependent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The United States and China are economically interdependent. Jake Sullivan, Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct. 2023 Behind nearly every dilemma there’s a set of paradoxical or interdependent paths that can’t be addressed with a single solution. Ann Kowal Smith, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 To survive in an interdependent world, any wealthy polity, especially a democratic welfare state, must necessarily regulate flows of goods, finance, and people in its own interest—even if its inhabitants are sincere cosmopolitans. Hans Kundnani, Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct. 2023 The United States now has to manage its economic security in a highly interdependent and highly competitive world, where countries are inevitably tempted to exploit the weaknesses of others. Henry Farrell, Foreign Affairs, 19 Oct. 2023 There are many plants and insects that are interdependent upon one another. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 22 July 2023 In his quest to alleviate suffering and heal the world, Simonetta has discovered that all life is an interdependent phenomenon. Hilary Tetenbaum, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2023 Digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning systems, cloud computing, semiconductors, and quantum technologies, have both civilian and military applications in a geopolitical context of interdependent economies. Foreign Affairs, 21 Aug. 2023 Driven by emerging technologies and ever more complex and interdependent systems, dramatic shifts in the coming decade will unlock new possibilities for human flourishing and prosperity while also multiplying the systemic risks posed by insecure systems (p. 2). Bob Zukis, Forbes, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of interdependent was in 1838

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“Interdependent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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