Definitions for relative
ˈrɛl ə tɪvrel·a·tive
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word relative.
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, congenericadjective
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
Etymology: From relativus, from relatus, perfect passive participle of refero, from re- + fero
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: relativus, Lat. relatif, Fr.
Not only simple ideas and substances, but modes are positive beings; though the parts of which they consist, are very often relative one to another. John Locke.
The ecclesiastical, as well as the civil governour, has cause to pursue the same methods of confirming himself; the grounds of government being founded upon the same bottom of nature in both, though the circumstances and relative considerations of the persons may differ. South.
Every thing sustains both an absolute and a relative capacity: an absolute, as it is such a thing, endued with such a nature; and a relative, as it is a part of the universe, and so stands in such relation to the whole. South.
Wholesome and unwholesome are relative, not real qualities. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.
I’ll have grounds
More relative than this. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
’Tis an evil dutifulness in friends and relatives, to suffer one to perish without reproof. Taylor.
Learn the right joining of substantives with adjectives, and the relative with the antecedent. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.
When the mind so considers one thing, that it sets it by another, and carries its view from one to the other, this is relation and respect; and the denominations given to positive things, intimating that respect, are relatives. John Locke.
Relative is an adjective describing something existing or considered in relation to something else, depending on point of view or frame of reference. It can also be a noun referring to a person or thing connected with another by blood or marriage. They are considered in terms of comparative quantity, magnitude, or degree. In other words, it is something's importance, size, value etc. compared to other things.
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"
Etymology: [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
A person connected by marriage or form of family relationship.
We are all family together on this planet united working to achieve human rights, sustainable development goals and shared prosperity for everyone.
Submitted by MaryC on April 1, 2020
Being connected or related.
The data received was relative to the understanding of what is currently occurring and we all understand what is required to be changed to ensure the output is changed.
Submitted by MaryC on April 12, 2020
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
Hear me, four quarters of the world - a relative I am Give me the strength to walk the soft earth, a relative to all that is Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand, that I may be like you. With your power only can I face the winds.
Nearly all legislation involves a weighing of public needs as against private desires and likewise a weighing of relative social values.
The banking sector's strong and improving credit fundamentals and the compelling absolute and relative valuations of bank hybrids should result in attractive long-term total returns for our clients, this strategy offers potentially higher risk-adjusted returns than equities and high-yield debt by capitalizing on opportunities created by relative value dislocations in the U.S. and in Europe.
Inventories remain very, very high relative to the previous year and relative to the five-year norm.
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
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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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