Definitions for relativeˈrɛl ə tɪv
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
rel•a•tiveˈrɛl ə tɪv(n.)
a person who is connected with another by blood or marriage.
something having, or standing in, some relation to something else.
something dependent upon external conditions for its specific nature, size, etc.
Ref: (opposed to absolute ).
a relative pronoun, adjective, or adverb.
(adj.)considered in relation to something else; comparative:
the relative merits of gas and electric heating.
existing or having its specific nature only by relation to something else; not absolute or independent:
Happiness is relative.
having relation or connection.
having reference; relevant; pertinent (usu. fol. by to):
the facts relative to the case.
depending for significance upon something else:
“Better” is a relative term.
of or designating a word that introduces a subordinate clause and refers to an expressed or implied element of the principal clause: the relative pronoun who in “That was the woman who called”; the relative adverb where
in “This is the house where I was born.”
(of a musical key) having the same key signature as another key:
a relative minor.
Category: Music and Dance
Origin of relative:
1350–1400; ME relatif (n.) (< MF) < LL relātīvus (adj.); see relate , -ive
a person related by blood or marriage
"police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"
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)
estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete
"a relative stranger"
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
relative(noun)ˈrɛl ə tɪv
sb who is a member of your family; = relation
a distant/close relative; My relatives are visiting.
relative(adjective)ˈrɛl ə tɪv
compared to sth else
refugees escaping to relative safety across the border
relativeˈrɛl ə tɪv
The crop requires little fertilizer relative to corn.
Someone in the same family; someone connected by blood, marriage, or adoption.
Connected to or depending on something else; not absolute; comparative.
That relates to an antecedent
Having the same key but differing in being major or minor
Origin: From relativus, from relatus, perfect passive participle of refero, from re- + fero
having relation or reference; referring; respecting; standing in connection; pertaining; as, arguments not relative to the subject
arising from relation; resulting from connection with, or reference to, something else; not absolute
indicating or expressing relation; refering to an antecedent; as, a relative pronoun
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
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
a person connected by blood or affinity; strictly, one allied by blood; a relation; a kinsman or kinswoman
a relative pronoun; a word which relates to, or represents, another word or phrase, called its antecedent; as, the relatives "who", "which", "that"
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
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 Terms
The bearing of a target measured in the horizontal from the bow of one
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'relative' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2553
Rank popularity for the word 'relative' in Nouns Frequency: #1223
Rank popularity for the word 'relative' in Adjectives Frequency: #342
Translations for relative
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
compared with something else, or with each other, or with a situation in the past etc
the relative speeds of a car and a train; She used to be rich but now lives in relative poverty.
- relativoPortuguese (BR)
- בְּיַחָס ל-Hebrew
- u usporedbi sa, koji se odnosi naCroatian
- viszonylagos, relatívHungarian
- í samanburði viðIcelandic
- santykinis, reliatyvusLithuanian
- relatīvs; salīdzinošsLatvian
- forholdsvis, relativNorwegian
- stosunkowy, względnyPolish
- 相對的Chinese (Trad.)
- відносний; порівняльнийUkrainian
- tương đốiVietnamese
- 相对的Chinese (Simp.)
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