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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Taurus season brings personal transformation through interpersonal intimacy for you, Libra. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Libra Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 While survivors can have very different responses to trauma, interpersonal support is one of the core pieces of recovery, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How to Be There for Someone Who Survived a Horrible Trauma," 1 Apr. 2019 Eclipses always bring radical change, so don’t be surprised if an abrupt shift in your social sphere creates unanticipated interpersonal tension. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's February 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 31 Jan. 2018 In fact, the group is filled with interpersonal tension that is only made worse when Sam and Bash reveal that a men’s wrestling show has taken over their spot. Kathryn Lindsay,, "R29 Binge Club: Glow Season 2, Episodes 1-10," 29 June 2018 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

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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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