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

Examples of interpersonal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Educating youth, ages 11-24 who are affected by interpersonal violence, by providing therapeutic support. The Arizona Republic, 20 July 2021 The two men spent weekend after weekend refining a curriculum on lifestyle habits, understanding the court, and self-education, which covers things like interpersonal communication. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 May 2021 Furthermore, cybersecurity professionals must have multidiscipline experience alongside skills in business risk, compliance and interpersonal communication. Spiros Liolis, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 Maureen Keeley, a professor of interpersonal communication at Texas State University, has been studying the final conversations between family members for nearly 20 years. New York Times, 2 Mar. 2021 But veteran Ed Davis said trying to build chemistry has become a lot harder because of the lack of interpersonal communication. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, 30 Jan. 2021 Though virtual events and long-distance collaboration are the best alternatives to in-person meetings at this point, organic interpersonal communication is hindered, and broad participation from diverse stakeholder groups is stifled. Miriah Kelly, The Conversation, 7 Dec. 2020 Women of color, poor women, single women and women younger than 30 are at higher risk of interpersonal violence, reproductive coercion and unintended pregnancy. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 July 2021 Coffy Davis, a local writer and the event's primary organizer, spent 6½ minutes reading a list of 92 Black women and girls in Arkansas who have been killed by acts of interpersonal violence, mostly since 2018. Tess Vrbin, Arkansas Online, 27 June 2021

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First Known Use of interpersonal

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of interpersonal was in 1842

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“Interpersonal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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 interpersonal (audio) \ adverb

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Nglish: Translation of interpersonal for Spanish Speakers


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