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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ In this context of an advanced division of labour, interests theories specify the legitimate range of economic interdependence.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Interdependence \In`ter*de*pend"ence\, n. Mutual dependence. ``The interdependence of virtue and knowledge.''
--M. Arnold.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1822, from inter- + dependence.


n. the condition of being interdependent


n. a reciprocal relation between interdependent entities (objects or individuals or groups) [syn: mutuality, interdependency]


Interdependence is the mutual reliance between two or more groups. This concept differs from the reliance in a dependent relationship, where some members are dependent and some are not. There can be various degrees of interdependence.

In an interdependent relationship, participants may be emotionally, economically, ecologically and/or morally reliant on and responsible to each other. An interdependent relationship can arise between two or more cooperative autonomous participants (e.g. a co-op). Some people advocate freedom or independence as the ultimate good; others do the same with devotion to one's family, community, or society. Interdependence can be a common ground between these aspirations.

Usage examples of "interdependence".

Close cohabitation and close interdependence are sufficient for maintaining century after century that deep respect for the interests of the community which is characteristic of Eskimo life.

Feral hamsters bogey-wise right up there with mile-high toddlers, skull-deprived wraiths, carnivorous flora, and marsh-gas that melts your face off and leaves you with exposed gray-and-red facial musculature for the rest of your ghoulish-pariah life, in terms of late-night hair-raising Concavity narratives are rarely sighted south of the Lucíte walls and ATH-SCME'd checkpoints that delimit the Great Concavity, and only once in a blue moon anywhere south of like the new-border burg of Methuen MA, whose Chamber of Commerce calls it 'The City That Interdependence Rebuilt,' and anyway pace Blott are hardly ever seen solo, being the sort of rapacious locust-like mass-movement creature that Canadian agronomists call 'Piranha of the Plains.

Sinistral, his right hand missing digits from a fireworks accident three Interdependence Days past, Axhandle is several cm.

So the Kota lived in cozy economic interdependence with the Toda livestock-breeders and Badaga farmers, swapping handicrafts and music for steaks and bread.

Such movement up and down the river ensured that the city-states would share a language and a culture and feel a certain economic interdependence and communal understanding.

Sometimes families cultivate independent lifestyles that have the appearance of interdependence even though deep within, there is profound dependence.

There, he thought, was the final abortion of the creed of collective interdependence, the creed of non-identity, nonproperty, non-fact: the belief that the moral stature of one is at the mercy of the action of another.