3

Is there a single adjective or noun that means "the right person for the situation"? I'm specifically looking for a word like "condign," "complimentary," "appropriate," "convenient," "codependent," or "mutualistic," but pertaining specifically to a relationship between two people and formed solely because of their situation. Think of two people who bond during an NA group meeting, or who become inseparable after both surviving a trauma, etc.

"When the battered plane landed and the survivors disembarked, they became ______."

"He's rich, she's broke; they're ______."

"They're work friends! That's how they get through the day -- she's his _______ !"

I realize you could fill in the blanks with a lot of things, but I've done some searches through the internet and my thesaurus, and I can't find anything with the right flavor. Any suggestions would help, help at least to narrow it down. I'm not opposed to making up a word, I just want to exhaust the possibilities.

This is my first time asking, so if I can clarify anything or need to correct my formatting, I'm open to suggestions. (And I hope this isn't too broad.) Thanks everyone.

1

See symbiotic, defined by dictionary.com as

living in symbiosis, or having an interdependent relationship.

Symbiosis - a cooperative relationship

They could also be anaclitic.

Anaclisis - a significant reliance upon someone else for emotional and physical strength and reassurance.

Keep in mind that an anaclitic relationship has other meanings as well depending on field of study, for example medicine, psychoanalysis, etc.

  • "anaclitic" -- absolutely wonderful word, and pretty darn close. Thank you! – selfderp Apr 20 '17 at 4:38
0

Partner.

"Partners in crime." "When the battered plane landed and the survivors disembarked, they became partners..."
"They're work friends! That's how they get through the day -- she's his partner!"

Alternatively, you may prefer Companion for a positive connotation.

0

In all of the example phrases you mentioned, I think you could use adjunct.

attached or belonging without full or permanent status

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/adjunct?s=t

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.