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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [koh-di-pen-duh nt]
    • /ˌkoʊ dɪˈpɛn dənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [koh-di-pen-duh nt]
    • /ˌkoʊ dɪˈpɛn dənt/

Definitions of co-dependent word

  • adjective co-dependent A co-dependent person is in an unsatisfactory relationship with someone who is ill or an addict, but does not want the relationship to end. 3
  • adjective co-dependent Co-dependent is also a noun. 3
  • adjective co-dependent of or relating to a relationship in which one person is physically or psychologically addicted, as to alcohol or gambling, and the other person is psychologically dependent on the first in an unhealthy way. 1
  • noun co-dependent one who is codependent or in a codependent relationship. 1
  • noun co-dependent A person in such a relationship. 0
  • adjective co-dependent mutually dependent (especially of an unhealthy psychological relationship in which one person perpetuates another's addiction or harmful behaviour). 0

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Origin of co-dependent

First appearance:

before 1985
One of the 1% newest English words
First recorded in 1985-90

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Parts of speech for Co-dependent


co-dependent popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 65% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 53% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for co-dependent

adj co-dependent

  • addicted — Someone who is addicted to a harmful drug cannot stop taking it.
  • hooked — bent like a hook; hook-shaped.
  • attached — If you are attached to someone or something, you like them very much.
  • interconnected — to connect with one another.
  • interdependent — mutually dependent; depending on each other.

Top questions with co-dependent

  • what is co-dependent relationship?
  • what is a co-dependent relationship?

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