interdependent

adjective
in·ter·de·pen·dent | \ˌin-tər-di-ˈpen-dənt \

Definition of interdependent 

: 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

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interdependently \ˌin-tər-di-ˈpen-dənt-lē \ 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

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This interdependent relationship raised difficult questions for the Canadian government in light of Trump’s evident animosity and imperviousness to facts. New York Times, "First Canada Tried to Charm Trump. Now It’s Fighting Back.," 9 June 2018 This interdependent relationship raised difficult questions for the Canadian government in light of Trump’s evident animosity and imperviousness to facts. New York Times, "First Canada Tried to Charm Trump. Now It’s Fighting Back.," 9 June 2018 Each stage is highly interdependent on the other and requires close physical coordination. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "3D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)," 11 July 2018 Exhibit explores ways in which artists frame human and plant interdependent relationships. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati events: Fun and free events this weekend," 12 July 2018 West Coast creatures had millions of years to evolve their interdependent lives, Carswell said. Washington Post, "Sea otters rebound but struggle to regain historic range," 18 May 2018 This interdependent relationship raised difficult questions for the Canadian government in light of Trump’s evident animosity and imperviousness to facts. New York Times, "First Canada Tried to Charm Trump. Now It’s Fighting Back.," 9 June 2018 California has spent more than a century crafting one of the world's most elaborate — and interdependent — networks for storing, allocating and delivering its water. Dale Kasler, sacbee, "This one issue could make splitting California into three states virtually impossible," 25 June 2018 The message was clear and much repeated: the planet had become small and interdependent; the forces of slavery had set out to conquer the world; and the fate of freedom everywhere depended on their defeat. Peter Slezkine, The New Republic, "What Happened to the “Free World”?," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of interdependent

1838, in the meaning defined above

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interdependent

adjective
in·ter·de·pen·dent | \ˌin-tər-di-ˈpen-dənt\

Kids Definition of interdependent

: depending on one another

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