in·​ter·​per·​son·​al | \ ˌin-tər-ˈpərs-nəl , -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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Groups of goal-setters can offer support and chat real-time — a great model for anyone who feels encouraged by interpersonal communication and camaraderie (er, everyone, right?!). Good Housekeeping, "What Is Noom? Here's What a Nutritionist Really Thinks About the Trendy Weight-Loss App," 29 Jan. 2019 The approach serves several purposes, but the most important is to force viewers to concentrate on the interpersonal relationships in this film, not on its wretched particulars. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "Cinematic Treasures From an Unexpected Place," 22 Jan. 2019 The job requires good interpersonal skills and specialized security knowledge, Mr. Ossentjuk said. Kate Fazzini, WSJ, "New Equifax CISO Tightens Structure Post-Breach," 6 Sep. 2018 No astronauts have done these trainings yet, but STRATUS hopes to gather valuable information for NASA about what kind of interpersonal skills people will need when faced with an emergency in deep space. Loren Grush, The Verge, "How to handle a medical emergency on a deep space mission," 24 Aug. 2018 What is the interpersonal balance between these scientists and engineers that goes along with all the data that they’re processing? Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Watch the Trailer for 7 Days Out, the New Netflix Series That Goes Inside a Chanel Couture Show and Other Landmark Events," 11 Dec. 2018 In addition to the physical aspect of accommodation, there are also the social and interpersonal aspects of accommodation. Rachel Withers, Vox, "George H.W. Bush was a champion for people with disabilities," 2 Dec. 2018 By the end of October, things started really shifting in your interpersonal relationships. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018 Latin America also has high rates of interpersonal and family violence. David Luhnow, WSJ, "Latin America Is the Murder Capital of the World," 20 Sep. 2018

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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 \

Medical Definition of interpersonal

: being, relating to, or involving relations between persons

Other Words from interpersonal

interpersonally \ -​ē \ adverb

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