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relative

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of relative

  1. 1 being such only when compared to something else <after being crammed into a one-bedroom apartment, they lived in relative comfort in a two-bedroom house> Synonyms almost, approximate, near, comparativeRelated Words alike, comparable, similar; equal, equivalentNear Antonyms genuine, real, trueAntonyms absolute, complete, downright, out-and-out, outright, perfect, pure, unqualified

  2. 2 having to do with the matter at hand <I don't need the whole story, just the details that are relative to the case> Synonyms applicable, apposite, apropos, germane, material, pointed, pertinent, relevantRelated Words appropriate, apt, fit, fitting, suitable; important, meaningful, significant; sensible, useful; admissible, allowableNear Antonyms frivolous, inconsequential, insignificant, little, minor, negligible, slight, trifling, trivial, unimportant; meaningless, purposeless, senseless, useless; inappropriate, inapt, unsuitable; inadmissibleAntonyms extraneous, immaterial, impertinent, inapplicable, inapposite, irrelative, irrelevant, pointless




relative

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of relative

  1. a person connected with another by blood or marriage <it's always fun to see all your relatives at a big family gathering> Synonyms cousin, kin, kinsman, relation Related Words in-law; kissing cousin; kinswoman; blood, clan, family, folk, house, kindred, kinfolk (or kinfolks), kinsfolk, line, lineage, people, race, stock, tribe Antonyms nonrelative





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