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. relationnoun

    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 knowledgenoun

    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, relationnoun

    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, recountingnoun

    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, relationnoun

    (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. relationnoun

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

    "international relations"

Wiktionary

  1. relationnoun

    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. relationnoun

    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. relationnoun

    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. relationnoun

    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. relationnoun

    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. relationnoun

    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. relationnoun

    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. relationnoun

    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. Relationnoun

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

  2. Relationnoun

    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. Relationnoun

    reference; respect; regard

  4. Relationnoun

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

  5. Relationnoun

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

  6. Relationnoun

    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. Relationnoun

    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
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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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. Executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques on Friday:

    We are very sorry for the distress we have caused the PKKP in relation to Juukan Gorge and our first priority remains rebuilding trust with the PKKP.

  2. Herbert Spencer:

    All socialism involves slavery.... That which fundamentally distinguishes the slave is that he labors under coercion to satisfy another's desires. The relation admits of many gradations. Oppressive taxation is a form of slavery of the individual to the community as a whole. The essential question is -- How much is he compelled to labor for other benefit than his own, and how much can he labor for his own benefit?

  3. Louis Aragon:

    Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.

  4. Matthew Vaight:

    Merely constructing a portfolio in relation to a specific index is, in our mind, the wrong approach, there's no point in holding shares in a company you don't like just because it's in an index.

  5. Eva Schernhammer:

    These results add to prior evidence of a potentially detrimental relation of rotating night shift work and health longevity, to derive practical implications for shift workers and their health, the role of duration and intensity of rotating night shift work and the interplay of shift schedules with individual traits (e.g., chronotype) warrant further exploration.

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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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