- Relative to is defined as concerning or in relation to.
If you think it is cold now only because it was warm yesterday, this is an example of when today is cold relative to yesterday.
relative to definition by American Heritage Dictionary
prepositionThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
With regard to; concerning: questions relative to the deficit.
relative to - Phrases/Idioms
Correspondent or proportionate to, as in Relative to its size, Boston has a great many universities, or It's important to get all the facts relative to the collision. Another form of this idiom is in or with relation to, meaning “in reference or with regard to,” as in Demand is high in relation to supply, or That argument changes nothing with relation to our plans for hiring workers. The usages with relative date from the second half of the 1700s, those with relation from the late 1500s.