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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Mutually dependent.
  • adj. Of or relating to a relationship in which one person is psychologically dependent in an unhealthy way on someone who is addicted to a drug or self-destructive behavior, such as chronic gambling.
  • n. One who is co-dependent or in a co-dependent relationship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. mutually dependent (especially of an unhealthy psychological relationship in which one person perpetuates another's addiction or harmful behaviour)
  • n. A person in such a relationship

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