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"
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"
Origin: [F. relatif, L. relativus. See Relate.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rel′a-tiv, adj. having relation: respecting: not absolute or existing by itself: considered as belonging to something else: (gram.) expressing relation.—n. that which has relation to something else: a relation: (gram.) a pronoun which relates to something before, called its antecedent.—adj. Relatī′val (or Rel′atival).—adv. Rel′atively.—ns. Rel′ativeness, Relativ′ity.—Relativity of human knowledge, the doctrine that the nature and extent of our knowledge is determined not merely by the qualities of the objects known, but necessarily by the conditions of our cognitive powers.
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
The numerical value of relative in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of relative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Inventories remain very, very high relative to the previous year and relative to the five-year norm.
Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger.
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
Nearly all legislation involves a weighing of public needs as against private desires and likewise a weighing of relative social values.
DoubleLine is attracting inflows due to a combination of lower U.S. Treasury yields, solid relative performance and most likely, the capturing of competitor outflows.
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- قريبة, قريب, نسبيArabic
- relatiu, parentCatalan, Valencian
- relativní, vztažný, příbuznýCzech
- ближикаOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- beslægtet, relativ, pårørende, frændeDanish
- vergleichsweise, Verwandte, Verwandter, relativGerman
- συγκριτικός, σχετικός, οικείος, συγγενήςGreek
- pariente, relativoSpanish
- relatiivne, suhteline, sugulaneEstonian
- فامیل, نزدیکان, نسبیPersian
- relatiivinen, suhteellinen, sukulainenFinnish
- parent, relative, relatif, géniteur, génitriceFrench
- gaol, duine muintearthaIrish
- caraid, dàimheachScottish Gaelic
- relatív, rokon, viszonylagosHungarian
- յուրային, բարեկամ, ազգականArmenian
- bertalian, nisbi, relatif, kerabatIndonesian
- parento, parentino, parentulo, relat-antaIdo
- familiare, congiunto, parente, relativoItalian
- 関係詞, 身内, 相対的, 親戚Japanese
- 親戚, 친척Korean
- relativus, pignusLatin
- pākanga, huāngaMāori
- familielid, bloedverwant, relatiefDutch
- slektningNorwegian Nynorsk
- relativ, slektningNorwegian
- hakʼéíNavajo, Navaho
- krewna, relatywny, krewnyPolish
- relativo, parentePortuguese
- релятивный, относительный, родственница, родственникRussian
- rod, родSerbo-Croatian
- släkting, relativSwedish
- ndugu, akraba, jamaaSwahili
- ญาติพี่น้อง, ญาติThai
- رشتہ دارUrdu
- thân nhân, người thân, họ hàngVietnamese
- jiröletan, röletan, hiröletanVolapük
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