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Medical Term:

dependent personality disorder

Definition

  1. an enduring and pervasive pattern in adulthood characterized by submissive and clinging behavior and excessive reliance on others to meet one's emotional, social, or economic needs.
  2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.

Synonym(s): dependent personality

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