Definitions for relativeˈrɛl ə tɪv

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Princeton's WordNetRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. relative, relation(noun)

    a person related by blood or marriage

    "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"

  2. relative, congener, congenator, congeneric(adj)

    an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)

  3. relative, comparative(adj)

    estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete

    "a relative stranger"

  4. proportional, relative(adj)

    properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'

    "the punishment ought to be proportional to the crime"; "earnings relative to production"

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. relative(Noun)

    Someone in the same family; someone connected by blood, marriage, or adoption.

  2. relative(Adjective)

    Relevant; pertinent

  3. relative(Adjective)

    Connected to or depending on something else; not absolute; comparative.

  4. relative(Adjective)

    That relates to an antecedent

  5. relative(Adjective)

    Having the same key but differing in being major or minor

  6. Origin: From relativus, from relatus, perfect passive participle of refero, from re- + fero

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Relative(adj)

    having relation or reference; referring; respecting; standing in connection; pertaining; as, arguments not relative to the subject

  2. Relative(adj)

    arising from relation; resulting from connection with, or reference to, something else; not absolute

  3. Relative(adj)

    indicating or expressing relation; refering to an antecedent; as, a relative pronoun

  4. Relative(adj)

    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

  5. Relative(noun)

    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

  6. Relative(noun)

    a person connected by blood or affinity; strictly, one allied by blood; a relation; a kinsman or kinswoman

  7. Relative(noun)

    a relative pronoun; a word which relates to, or represents, another word or phrase, called its antecedent; as, the relatives "who", "which", "that"

  8. Origin: [F. relatif, L. relativus. See Relate.]

The Standard Electrical DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Relative

    Indicating the relation between two or more things without reference to absolute value of any one of them. Thus one lamp may be of relatively double resistance compared to another, but this states nothing of the resistance in ohms of either lamp.

Dictionary of Military and Associated TermsRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. relative

    The bearing of a target measured in the horizontal from the bow of one

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'relative' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2553

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'relative' in Nouns Frequency: #1223

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'relative' in Adjectives Frequency: #342

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