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jkklpu Wed 31-Jul-13 19:14:27

Symbiotic if you just co-exist without either really benefiting or being disadvantaged; mutualism is if there is benefit on both sides; parasitism is if one benefits to the other's disbenefit.

mercury7 Sun 07-Jul-13 01:48:04

hmm, it's a sort of mutually assured destruction situation, I guess that's not quite the phrase you are after!

SconeRhymesWithGone Sat 29-Jun-13 00:06:06

I agree that "co-dependent" has a negative connotation as it has become a term of art in the substance abuse context. I'd go with "symbiotic" or "synergistic" for a positive connotation or "mutualism" or what Prism said for a more neutral effect.

prism Fri 28-Jun-13 20:27:45

Mutually financially dependent.


ThreeBeeOneGee Fri 28-Jun-13 17:22:47

Just googled; the word you are looking for might be 'mutualism'.

ThreeBeeOneGee Fri 28-Jun-13 17:21:15

I think 'co-dependent' has quite negative connotations; it's often used to describe toxic relationships where one person has a substance abuse problem and their partner is an enabler. Having reread your OP, you'd be better off with 'symbiotic'. If the relationship is very beneficial for you both then I think 'synergistic' would be appropriate.

ThreeBeeOneGee Fri 28-Jun-13 17:17:22


TravelinColour Fri 28-Jun-13 17:14:18

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rara67 Fri 28-Jun-13 17:13:41

Thanks that's just what I needed. I think that symbiotic is more nature but co-dependent sounds more appropriate to describe a business relationship. Thank again - you'll make me look really smart!! Have a good weekend

lougle Fri 28-Jun-13 16:56:30


Rooble Fri 28-Jun-13 16:53:43

Parasite isn't mutually beneficial!

AKissIsNotAContract Fri 28-Jun-13 16:53:35


TheWoollybacksWife Fri 28-Jun-13 16:53:07


Rooble Fri 28-Jun-13 16:53:01

Do you have a symbiotic relationship? (Need to check in dictionary!)

rara67 Fri 28-Jun-13 16:51:42

...something that lives off something else but that something else needs the original something to exist. The case is where I am a tenant and I am my landlord's main source of income. If they evict me, I couldn't find anywhere else for the same price so couldn't run my business but if I could leave (lottery win, or offer of free rent) then they would probably go under...sorry not much to go on. Think its usually applied to nature rather than commerce!

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