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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Recent Examples on the Web The result has been interlocking fields of violence for Black, undocumented, indigenous, and trans people: interpersonal harm on one side and state brutality on the other. Isabel Cristo, The New Republic, "Policing Doesn’t Protect Women," 6 July 2020 As each story has emerged of a Black life violently ended by law enforcement, white nationalists or by other forms of interpersonal violence, a multiracial movement for Black lives, led by Black activists, has kept pace. Malkia Devich-cyril, The Atlantic, "Defund Facial Recognition," 5 July 2020 The camp also teaches interpersonal skills, like how to be a good friend and community member, as well as fight for social justice. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "These parents created a 'Common Sense Camp' to teach their kids basic life skills while quarantining," 27 June 2020 Park goers can use a touch-free registration system from their smartphones to minimize interpersonal contact. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Urban Air Trampoline Park reopens under new management, safety protocols," 23 June 2020 In the right hemisphere, synchronization was localized to areas involved in recognizing musical structure and pattern (the inferior frontal cortex) and interpersonal understanding (the inferior frontal and postcentral cortices). Robert Martone, Scientific American, "Music Synchronizes the Brains of Performers and Their Audience," 2 June 2020 That’s a shame, because in between the plot problems, the game has flashes of some of the best interpersonal relationship building in gaming. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The Last of Us Part 2 review: A less confident, less focused sequel," 12 June 2020 Advice columnists have found that their mailboxes are a window into the coronavirus’s effects on the interpersonal and emotional lives of people coming to grips with the crisis, and demand for help coping has been high. Lily Rothman, Time, "What It's Like to Be an Advice Columnist During a Global Pandemic," 11 June 2020 When social distancing started, video calling quickly stumbled into its role as a fundamental method of interpersonal communication. Popular Science, "AI is here to mask barking dogs and screaming kids from your video calls," 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of interpersonal

1842, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jul 2020

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“Interpersonal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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