What does relation mean?

Definitions for relation
rɪˈleɪ ʃənre·la·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word relation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. relation(noun)

    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together

  2. sexual intercourse, intercourse, sex act, copulation, coitus, coition, sexual congress, congress, sexual relation, relation, carnal knowledge(noun)

    the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur

  3. 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"

  4. relation, telling, recounting(noun)

    an act of narration

    "he was the hero according to his own relation"; "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"

  5. relation back, relation(noun)

    (law) the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time

    "his attorney argued for the relation back of the amended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed"

  6. relation(noun)

    (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups

    "international relations"

Wiktionary

  1. relation(Noun)

    The manner in which two things may be associated.

    The relation between diet and health is complex.

    Etymology: From relacioun, from relacion (cognate to French relation), from relationem, accusative of relatio, noun of process form from perfect passive participle relatus, from verb referre, from prefix re- + ferre

  2. relation(Noun)

    A member of one's family.

    Yes, he's a relation of mine, but a only distant one.

    Etymology: From relacioun, from relacion (cognate to French relation), from relationem, accusative of relatio, noun of process form from perfect passive participle relatus, from verb referre, from prefix re- + ferre

  3. relation(Noun)

    The act of relating a story.

    Your relation of the events is different from mine.

    Etymology: From relacioun, from relacion (cognate to French relation), from relationem, accusative of relatio, noun of process form from perfect passive participle relatus, from verb referre, from prefix re- + ferre

  4. relation(Noun)

    A set of ordered tuples.

    Etymology: From relacioun, from relacion (cognate to French relation), from relationem, accusative of relatio, noun of process form from perfect passive participle relatus, from verb referre, from prefix re- + ferre

  5. relation(Noun)

    Specifically, a set of ordered pairs.

    Equality is a symmetric relation, while divisibility is not.

    Etymology: From relacioun, from relacion (cognate to French relation), from relationem, accusative of relatio, noun of process form from perfect passive participle relatus, from verb referre, from prefix re- + ferre

  6. relation(Noun)

    A set of ordered tuples retrievable by a relational database; a table.

    This relation uses the customer's social security number as a key.

    Etymology: From relacioun, from relacion (cognate to French relation), from relationem, accusative of relatio, noun of process form from perfect passive participle relatus, from verb referre, from prefix re- + ferre

  7. relation(Noun)

    A statement of equality of two products of generators, used in the presentation of a group.

    Etymology: From relacioun, from relacion (cognate to French relation), from relationem, accusative of relatio, noun of process form from perfect passive participle relatus, from verb referre, from prefix re- + ferre

  8. relation(Noun)

    The act of intercourse

    Etymology: From relacioun, from relacion (cognate to French relation), from relationem, accusative of relatio, noun of process form from perfect passive participle relatus, from verb referre, from prefix re- + ferre

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relation(noun)

    the act of relating or telling; also, that which is related; recital; account; narration; narrative; as, the relation of historical events

  2. Relation(noun)

    the state of being related or of referring; what is apprehended as appertaining to a being or quality, by considering it in its bearing upon something else; relative quality or condition; the being such and such with regard or respect to some other thing; connection; as, the relation of experience to knowledge; the relation of master to servant

  3. Relation(noun)

    reference; respect; regard

  4. Relation(noun)

    connection by consanguinity or affinity; kinship; relationship; as, the relation of parents and children

  5. Relation(noun)

    a person connected by cosanguinity or affinity; a relative; a kinsman or kinswoman

  6. Relation(noun)

    the carrying back, and giving effect or operation to, an act or proceeding frrom some previous date or time, by a sort of fiction, as if it had happened or begun at that time. In such case the act is said to take effect by relation

  7. Relation(noun)

    the act of a relator at whose instance a suit is begun

Editors Contribution

  1. Relation

    A member of a family.

    Our sister is a member of our family

    Submitted by MaryC on April 20, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'relation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3441

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'relation' in Nouns Frequency: #294

Anagrams for relation »

  1. oriental, Oriental

  2. tenorial

  3. Oriental

How to pronounce relation?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say relation in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of relation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of relation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of relation in a Sentence

  1. Albert Schweitzer:

    Reverence for life brings us into a spiritual relation with the world which is independent of all knowledge of the universe.

  2. Maria Zakharova:

    It seems to me that our American colleagues should now be somewhat distracted from the instructive tonality that they have been spreading over the years in relation to other countries, take a look in the mirror and then describe everything that they saw there in statements, like those they addressed to many countries of the world, we presume that, in carrying out measures to curb looting and other illegal actions, the authorities should not violate the rights of Americans to peaceful protest.

  3. Igor Sechin:

    I still hope that this situation won't last very long because it violates the interests of all market participants who have no relation whatsoever to these conflicts, crises and so on.

  4. Foreign Minister Bishop:

    There have been some allegations made in relation to the trial and I said that Australia, indeed the international community, would expect those legal processes to be concluded before any other action was taken, i would anticipate that both proceedings -- the Constitutional Court proceedings and the Judicial Commission -- would require to hear evidence. I would anticipate that they would need to hear evidence from Mr. Chan and Mr. Sukumaran, and therefore, my request that these proceedings be allowed to continue and that there be a stay of execution.

  5. Karl Kraus:

    The esthete stands in the same relation to beauty as the pornographer stands to love, and the politician stands to life.

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Translations for relation

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  • علاقةArabic
  • příbuzný, relace, vztahCzech
  • slægtning, familiemedlemDanish
  • Angehöriger, Verwandter, Familienangehörige, Angehörige, Relation, Familienmitglied, Verwandtschaft, Beziehung, Verwandte, FamilienangehörigerGerman
  • relaciones sexuales, relaciónSpanish
  • suheEstonian
  • رابطهPersian
  • sukulainen, relaatio, kertomus, suhde, omainenFinnish
  • parent, parentèle, relation, parente, parentaille, parentageFrench
  • संबंधHindi
  • viszony, rokon, relációHungarian
  • ազգականArmenian
  • parentulo, parentino, parentoIdo
  • parente, relazioneItalian
  • 関係, 関連Japanese
  • په‌یوه‌ندیKurdish
  • relatioLatin
  • kaireperepeMāori
  • ബന്ധംMalayalam
  • familiemedlem, relasjon, slektningNorwegian
  • relatieDutch
  • relasjon, slektning, familiemedlemNorwegian Nynorsk
  • relacjaPolish
  • relação, parentePortuguese
  • relatare, legătură, povestire, narare, relațieRomanian
  • родственница, рассказ, родственник, отношение, связь, изложение, зависимость, повествование, сообщениеRussian
  • odnos, relacija, sorodnikSlovene
  • samband, relation, anhörig, släkting, familjemedlemSwedish
  • உறவுTamil
  • సంబంధము, బంధువుTelugu
  • quan hệVietnamese
  • röletanef, jiröletan, hiröletan, röletanVolapük

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