poor relation

noun

Definition of poor relation

: one that is regarded as holding a subordinate or inferior position modern dance … is the poor relation among the theater arts— E. R. Bentley the humanities have become poor relationsReport: (Canadian) Royal Commission on National Development

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“Poor relation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poor%20relation. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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