over·​de·​pen·​dent ˌō-vər-di-ˈpen-dənt How to pronounce overdependent (audio)
: excessively dependent on another for support or assistance
overdependent children
overdependent behavior [=behavior that is characteristic of an overdependent person]
had an overdependent relationship with [=was too dependent upon] her mother
patients who are overdependent on pain killers
an economy that is overdependent on foreign imports
overdependence noun
the region's overdependence on petroleum

Examples of overdependent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cities have become overdependent on the revenue generated by selling bonds to real-estate developers. Therese Shaheen, National Review, 27 Feb. 2022 In 2005, the LeRoy Collins Institute, at Florida State University, released a report warning that the state budget was overdependent on the housing boom and would soon experience deep shortfalls. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overdependent was in 1929

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“Overdependent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdependent. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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