- Relative is defined as something connected, relevant or dependent on something else.
- An example of relative is evidence in a court case.
- An example of relative is calling six hours of sleep a good amount, after only getting four hours of sleep during many nights before.
- The definition of a relative is someone who is connected to another by blood, family or marriage.
An example of relative is a father-in-law.
These people are all relatives.
relative definition by Webster's New World
- related each to the other; dependent upon or referring to each other: to stay in the same relative positions
- having to do with; pertinent; relevant: documents relative to a legal case
- regarded in relation to something else; comparative: living in relative comfort
- meaningful only in relationship; not absolute: “cold” is a relative term
- designating a word that introduces a dependent clause and refers to an antecedent: “which” is a relative pronoun in “the hat which you bought”
- introduced by such a word: a relative clause
Origin: ; from Middle French or L: Middle French relatif ; from Classical Latin relativus ; from Classical Latin relatus: see relate
- a relative word, term, or thing
- a person connected with another by blood, marriage, etc.; kinsman or kinswoman
- a plant or animal in the same taxonomic division as another
- relativeness noun
relative definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Having pertinence or relevance; connected or related.
- Considered in comparison with something else: the relative quiet of the suburbs.
- Dependent on or interconnected with something else; not absolute. See Synonyms at dependent.
- Grammar Referring to or qualifying an antecedent, as the pronoun who in the man who was on TV or that in the dictionary that I use.
- Music Having the same key signature. Used of major and minor scales and keys: A minor is the relative minor of C major.
- One related by kinship, common origin, or marriage.
- Something having a relation or connection to something else.
- Grammar A relative pronoun.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French relatif, from Late Latin relātīvus, from Latin relātus, past participle of referre, to relate; see relate.
- relˈa·tive·ness noun
relative - Legal Definition
relative - Phrases/Idioms
- relevant to; concerning; about
- corresponding to; in proportion to