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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As the principal characters change, Hong charts their growth through a subtle visual language that emphasizes minute gestures and interpersonal rifts. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee's real-life affair yields a trio of films about infidelity," 12 July 2018 There are no winners and losers in a real friendship; the give-and-take is part of our interpersonal homeostasis. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Ties in Biology, Trump-Pfizer Takeaways, Obamacare Navigator Cuts," 11 July 2018 Still, the study’s authors said, the interpersonal aspects of cooperation and conflict need to be addressed early in medical careers. Orly Nadell Farber, STAT, "‘You, me, parking lot!’: Behind surgical curtain, researchers find hierarchies and gender dynamics driving conflict," 2 July 2018 Yet romance generally takes a back seat to the interpersonal drama between the crew members—one of whom is suspected of being a murderer—and the vivid portrait of nautical life. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Foreign Discover the work of noted Japanese genre director Umetsugu Inoue," 30 May 2018 What was your process for determining what the interpersonal dynamics would look like in the Waterford household once the baby had finally arrived? Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Handmaid's Tale' Just Set the Stage for "Powerful" Season 2 Finale," 4 July 2018 This kind of interpersonal violence concentrates in low-income urban pockets, and many gunshot victims survive their wounds only to return to the same neighborhoods where they were shot., "Aftermath: 'You're going back to East Oakland'," 4 June 2018 Most assume the causes are long hours, intrusive information technology, task overload, interpersonal conflicts and poor self-care. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Burnout reflects a conflict between our inner calling and what we have to do," 13 July 2018 Creators like Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and Jack Kirby added realistic angst and interpersonal conflict to superheroes in the 1960s. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 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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