in·​ter·​per·​son·​al | \ ˌin-tər-ˈpərs-nəl How to pronounce interpersonal (audio) , -ˈpər-sə-nəl\

Definition of interpersonal

: being, relating to, or involving relations between persons

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Other Words from interpersonal

interpersonally adverb

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The learning behaviors being evaluated are interpersonal skills, responsibility, perseverance, collaboration and initiative. Jess Nocera,, "Howard schools eliminate class rank, change elementary school report cards," 26 June 2019 The relationships help students who are on the brink of success build self-confidence, develop communication and interpersonal skills, discover their passions and find meaningful connections between school and the future. Houston Chronicle, "Spring Branch Education Foundation announces 2019 grants," 7 June 2019 According to him, while Ms. Crocodile lacks interpersonal skills, her technical skills make her irreplaceable. Anchorage Daily News, "Don’t let a hostile co-worker turn you into a jerk, too," 4 June 2019 Further Reading The middle of Stranger Things 2 is the most fun TV of 2017 The first full trailer for season 3 dropped in March, mostly focusing on interpersonal relationships and an unnamed new threat to the town. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New Stranger Things S3 trailer teases: What if the Mind Flayer never left?," 21 June 2019 The social norms of this world are also chaotic, since users can be anonymous and their social contact therefore undaunted by ordinary interpersonal consequences. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Who Owns the Crusades?," 11 June 2019 Orthodox Jews tend to live in close quarters with large families, and have a high rate of interpersonal interaction — for example, men gather for prayer at synagogue three times a day. Ben Sales,, "Here’s what we know about Orthodox vaccination rates," 11 June 2019 One hallmark of borderline personality disorder (BPD) is interpersonal hypersensitivity—which is a technical way of saying that many BPD patients have trouble being in healthy, secure, and mutually beneficial relationships with others. Amanda Macmillan,, "How Borderline Personality Disorder Affects Relationships," 6 June 2019 Acquire technical, analytical and interpersonal skills not taught in college classes. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Job Advice You Wish You Knew How to Give," 6 May 2019

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First Known Use of interpersonal

1842, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of interpersonal

: relating to or involving relations between people : existing or happening between people


in·​ter·​per·​son·​al | \ -ˈpərs-nəl, -ᵊn-əl How to pronounce interpersonal (audio) \

Medical Definition of interpersonal

: being, relating to, or involving relations between persons

Other Words from interpersonal

interpersonally \ -​ē How to pronounce interpersonally (audio) \ adverb

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