co-dependent definition

  • adjective:
    • Mutually centered.
    • Of or associated with a relationship in which anyone is mentally reliant in an unhealthy way on somebody who is hooked on a drug or self-destructive behavior, eg chronic gambling.
    • mutually dependent (especially of an unhealthy emotional relationship by which one individual perpetuates another's addiction or harmful behaviour)
  • noun:
    • a person who is co-dependent or in a co-dependent relationship.
    • A person such a relationship

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