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1. Mutually dependent.
2. 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.
One who is codependent or in a codependent relationship.

co′de·pen′dence, co′de·pen′den·cy n.


(ˌkoʊ dɪˈpɛn dənt)
1. of or pertaining to a relationship in which one person is physically or psychologically addicted, as to alcohol, and the other person is psychologically dependent on the first.
2. one who is codependent or in a codependent relationship.
co`de•pend′en•cy, co`de•pend′ence, n.
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