in relation to

Definition of in relation to

formal
1 used to compare to the size, shape, or position of (some other part of the same thing)
  • The monkey's eyes are large in relation to its head.
2 used to talk about what something is like by seeing how it is related to something else
  • understanding literature in relation to history
3 :about (something or someone) :in reference to
  • I have several comments to make in relation to the subject at hand.

Word by Word Definitions

relation play
  1. : the act of telling or recounting : account

  2. : an aspect or quality (such as resemblance) that connects two or more things or parts as being or belonging or working together or as being of the same kind

  3. : the referring by a legal fiction of an act to a prior date as the time of its taking effect


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