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codependent

(kō′dĭ-pĕn′dənt)
adj.
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.
n.
One who is codependent or in a codependent relationship.

co′de·pen′dence, co′de·pen′den·cy n.

codependent

a state of close association with a person who is dependent on or addicted to a potentially destructive behavior, such as substance abuse, gambling, or smoking. The codependent person facilitates the behavior of the dependent one.

co·de·pen·dent

(kō'dĕ-pen'dĕnt)
Someone who supports the addiction of another person by excusing, denying, or concealing behavior.
See also: coalcoholic
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