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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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 The depth of the line signifies the significance of interpersonal relationships in an individual's life, while the length corresponds with time spent coupled (longer lines represent lengthier partnerships). Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Reading Palms," 4 June 2018 Players and coaches who have been around her rave about her basketball IQ and her interpersonal skills. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Time not right for Becky Hammon to coach Bucks," 11 May 2018 Private companies don’t have to tell us much about their cash flow, let alone interpersonal relationships among the owners. Joseph N. Distefano,, "At Day & Zimmermann, Spike Yoh's sons prep a rising generation," 9 Mar. 2018 The first four hours are largely spent freewheeling, setting up character archetypes and interpersonal relationships that could be intuited without so much emphasis. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Seven Seconds Ponders the Failures of Justice," 24 Feb. 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 \ \ adverb

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