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relative
WordNet 2.0
  • an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)
  • a person related by blood or marriage
  • "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"
  • "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"
  • not absolute or complete
  • "a relative stranger"
  • properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics
  • usually followed by `to''
  • "punishment oughtt to be proportional to the crime"
  • "earnings relative to production"
relative
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Having relation or reference; referring; respecting; standing in connection; pertaining; as, arguments not relative to the subject.

    "I'll have grounds More relative than this." -- Shak.

    2. Arising from relation; resulting from connection with, or reference to, something else; not absolute.

    "Every thing sustains both an absolute and a relative capacity: an absolute, as it is such a thing, endued with such a nature; and a relative, as it is a part of the universe, and so stands in such a relations to the whole." -- South.

    3. (Gram.) Indicating or expressing relation; refering to an antecedent; as, a relative pronoun.

    4. (Mus.) Characterizing or pertaining to chords and keys, which, by reason of the identify of some of their tones, admit of a natural transition from one to the other. Moore (Encyc. of Music).

    Relative clause
    (Gram.), a clause introduced by a relative pronoun.

    Relative term
    a term which implies relation to, as guardian to ward, matter to servant, husband to wife. Cf. Correlative.

  • 1. One who, or that which, relates to, or is considered in its relation to, something else; a relative object or term; one of two object or term; one of two objects directly connected by any relation. Specifically: (a) A person connected by blood or affinity; strictly, one allied by blood; a relation; a kinsman or kinswoman. "Confining our care . . . to ourselves and relatives." Bp. Fell. (b) (Gram.) A relative pronoun; a word which relates to, or represents, another word or phrase, called its antecedent; as, the relatives "who", "which", "that".

 

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