What does relative mean?

Definitions for relative
ˈrɛl ə tɪvrel·a·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. 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)

  3. relative, comparative(adj)

    estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete

    "a relative stranger"

  4. proportional, relative(adj)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. relative(Noun)

    Someone in the same family; someone connected by blood, marriage, or adoption.

    Etymology: From relativus, from relatus, perfect passive participle of refero, from re- + fero

  2. relative(Adjective)

    Relevant; pertinent

    Etymology: From relativus, from relatus, perfect passive participle of refero, from re- + fero

  3. relative(Adjective)

    Connected to or depending on something else; not absolute; comparative.

    Etymology: From relativus, from relatus, perfect passive participle of refero, from re- + fero

  4. relative(Adjective)

    That relates to an antecedent

    Etymology: From relativus, from relatus, perfect passive participle of refero, from re- + fero

  5. relative(Adjective)

    Having the same key but differing in being major or minor

    Etymology: From relativus, from relatus, perfect passive participle of refero, from re- + fero

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relative(adj)

    having relation or reference; referring; respecting; standing in connection; pertaining; as, arguments not relative to the subject

    Etymology: [F. relatif, L. relativus. See Relate.]

  2. Relative(adj)

    arising from relation; resulting from connection with, or reference to, something else; not absolute

    Etymology: [F. relatif, L. relativus. See Relate.]

  3. Relative(adj)

    indicating or expressing relation; refering to an antecedent; as, a relative pronoun

    Etymology: [F. relatif, L. relativus. See Relate.]

  4. Relative(adj)

    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

    Etymology: [F. relatif, L. relativus. See Relate.]

  5. Relative(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [F. relatif, L. relativus. See Relate.]

  6. Relative(noun)

    a person connected by blood or affinity; strictly, one allied by blood; a relation; a kinsman or kinswoman

    Etymology: [F. relatif, L. relativus. See Relate.]

  7. Relative(noun)

    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

  1. Relative

    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

  1. Relative

    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

  1. relative

    The bearing of a target measured in the horizontal from the bow of one

Editors Contribution

  1. relative

    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  
  2. relative

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'relative' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2553

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'relative' in Nouns Frequency: #1223

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'relative' in Adjectives Frequency: #342

How to pronounce relative?

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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
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How to say relative in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of relative in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of relative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of relative in a Sentence

  1. Gordon Humphrey:

    John exudes energy, he's dynamic, jeb Bush is brilliant and was a great governor, but he just doesn't seem dynamic to me. I think that would explain why, unexpectedly why, John Kasich is doing so very well here, especially when relative to Jeb Bush.

  2. Ted Wieseman:

    In the past twenty years, Aprils with employment report survey weeks that were five weeks after the March survey week instead of four have shown regular upside in job growth relative to the surrounding trend.

  3. John Rhys-Davies:

    They are afraid of being judged as being partisan. Heaven forbid that we should criticize people who, after all, share a different value system. 'But it's all relevant. It's all equally relative. We're all the same. And God and the devil, they're the same, aren't they, really? Right and wrong? It's really just two faces of the same coin,' we have lost our moral compass completely, and, unless we find it, we're going to lose our civilization. I think we're going to lose Western European Christian civilization, anyway.

  4. H.W. Mann:

    We create suffering by denying our own actual experience and embracing relative truth

  5. Sam Woods:

    In their short history, crypto-assets have exhibited high price volatility and relative illiquidity, crypto-assets also raise concerns related to misconduct and market integrity – many appear vulnerable to fraud and manipulation, as well as money-laundering and terrorist financing risks.

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