Meaning of co-dependent in English:

co-dependent

Pronunciation /ˌkəʊdɪˈpɛndənt/

adjective

  • Characterized by excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner, typically one who requires support on account of an illness or addiction.

    ‘you go with her all the time because you're a little co-dependent’
    • ‘he has a dysfunctional co-dependent relationship with his mother’
    • ‘They star as a pair of codependent siblings working as hotel maids.’
    • ‘Norma and Norman have an unsettling co-dependent relationship.’
    • ‘I see people who are very co-dependent and I think they're missing out on life.’
    • ‘She clings to them in almost a desperate, co-dependent way.’
    • ‘They use their co-dependent friendship as an excuse not to venture out into the dating world alone.’
    • ‘The story revolves around two co-dependent high school seniors who set out to score alcohol for a party.’
    • ‘This kind of relationship is really too codependent and unhealthy.’
    • ‘When they hit rock bottom, their codependent relationship begins to fray.’
    • ‘They've been co-dependent in the past, and he's worried that if she slips so will he.’
    • ‘I'm worried our relationship is unhealthy and codependent.’

noun

  • A person with an excessive emotional or psychological reliance on a partner, typically one who requires support on account of an illness or addiction.

    ‘co-dependents confuse caretaking and sacrifice with loyalty and love’
    • ‘He was a co-dependent in a past relationship.’
    • ‘Naturally, the narcissist is attracted to the codependent's lack of self-worth and low self-esteem.’
    • ‘One of the most painful moments for a codependent is when he or she realizes that a relationship is not going to work out as imagined.’
    • ‘If you struggle with self-love, perfectionism, or chronic People Pleasing, you might be a codependent.’
    • ‘She takes ownership of the fact that she too played a part in her family's difficulties and recognizes herself as a codependent.’
    • ‘A co-dependent is a victim, both of his or her surroundings and of other people.’
    • ‘Co-dependents must be responsible for someone else; they become angry at people who attempt to stop them.’
    • ‘Many co-dependents also have abandonment issues.’
    • ‘Typically, co-dependents give of themselves much more than their partners give in return.’
    • ‘Co-dependents typically obsess about people for whom they love and care.’