Relative meaning

rĕlə-tĭv
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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.

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Regarded in relation to something else; comparative.

Living in relative comfort.

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Considered in comparison or relation to something else.

An animal with a large brain relative to body size; the relative quiet of the suburbs.

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Related each to the other; dependent upon or referring to each other.

To stay in the same relative positions.

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Pertinent; relevant.

Documents relative to a legal case.

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Meaningful only in relationship; not absolute.

“cold” is a relative term.

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A plant or animal in the same taxonomic division as another.
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A species or other taxon that shares a common ancestor, usually a relatively recent ancestor, with another.

The jaguar is a relative of the lion.

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A person who is akin to another by virtue of blood; that is a blood relation, such as sister, brother, aunt, uncle, parent, child, and so on.
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Having the same key signature. Used of major and minor scales and keys.

A minor is the relative minor of C major.

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A relative word, term, or thing.
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A person related to another by heredity, adoption, or marriage.
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Connected to or depending on something else; comparative.
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(computing, of a URL, URI, path, or similar) Expressed in relation to another item, rather than in complete form.

The relative URL /images/pic.jpg, when evaluated in the context of http://example.com/docs/pic.html, corresponds to the absolute URL http://example.com/images/pic.jpg.

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(grammar) That relates to an antecedent.
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(music) Having the same key but differing in being major or minor.
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Relative to your earlier point about taxes...

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Capable to be changed by other beings or circumstance; conditional.
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Someone in the same family; someone connected by blood, marriage, or adoption.

Why do my relatives always talk about sex?

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(linguistics) A type of adjective that inflects like a relative clause, rather than a true adjective, in certain Bantu languages.
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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.

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Having pertinence or relevance; connected or related.

How are those remarks relative to the discussion?

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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.
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A relative pronoun.
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A person connected with another by blood, marriage, etc.; kinsman or kinswoman.
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Considered in comparison or relation to something else.

An animal with a large brain relative to body size; the relative quiet of the suburbs.

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relative to
  • Relevant to; concerning; about.
  • Corresponding to; in proportion to.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of relative

  • Middle English from Old French relatif from Late Latin relātīvus from Latin relātus past participle of referre to relate relate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin relativus, from relatus, perfect passive participle of referre (“to carry back, to ascribe"), from re- (“again") + ferre (“to bear or carry")

    From Wiktionary