Definition of codependency in English:


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Pronunciation: /kəʊdɪˈpɛnd(ə)nsi


[mass noun]
Excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner, typically one with an illness or addiction who requires support: the tie that binds most of us together in this trap called codependency
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  • And what exactly is codependency, the psychological condition that has apparently swept the nation?
  • If I had known that this level of codependency existed between them, you better believe I would have exercised more caution.
  • The program is for people who are working on issues such as chemical and process addictions, codependency and dysfunctional family issues.



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  • There is a fine line between empathy and codependence.
  • She at least intellectually understands what codependence is, but I see her acting it out and she's not acknowledging it in herself.
  • They had released themselves from a high codependence on dedicated customers and suppliers, and migrated toward utilitarian exchanges that would bring higher revenues with less effort.


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  • Insurance also covered inpatient treatment of codependent family members.
  • In my family we have alcoholics, addicts and codependents on both sides of the aisle, going back at least 5 generations.
  • Further, addicts and codependents have a magical ability to find each other and begin the dance, with bad results for both.

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