relational

adjective
re·​la·​tion·​al | \ ri-ˈlā-shnəl How to pronounce relational (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of relational

1 : of or relating to kinship
2 : characterized or constituted by relations
3 : having the function chiefly of indicating a relation of syntax has is notional in he has luck, relational in he has gone
4 : relating to, using, or being a method of organizing data in a database so that it is perceived by the user as a set of tables

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Other Words from relational

relationally adverb

Examples of relational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Being in debt is a spiritual, emotional, financial and relational anvil, tied around the ankle and weighing a person down. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Sibling relationship affected by loan request," 17 Jan. 2021 Being in debt is a spiritual, emotional, financial and relational anvil, tied around the ankle and weighing a person down. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: She denied brother’s request for loan; now she never hears from him," 17 Jan. 2021 Their relational alternatives — what therapists would normally recommend to help stave off those impulses — are severely limited while observing pandemic safety measures like social distancing. Annie Vainshtein, SFChronicle.com, "Pandemic fueling a sharp rise in eating disorders, Bay Area experts say," 19 Jan. 2021 Being in debt is a spiritual, emotional, financial and relational anvil, attached to the ankle and weighing a person down. Washington Post, "Ask Amy: Sibling relationship becomes strained after loan request," 17 Jan. 2021 Being in debt is a spiritual, emotional, financial and relational anvil, tied around the ankle and weighing a person down. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: She denied brother’s request for loan; now she never hears from him," 17 Jan. 2021 Being in debt is a spiritual, emotional, financial and relational anvil, tied around the ankle and weighing a person down. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Sibling relationship affected by loan request," 15 Jan. 2021 Quinn is 21 years younger but cut out of the same, relational cloth. David Moore, Dallas News, "Hiring Dan Quinn isn’t solely scheme-based. It’s about recapturing Cowboys’ edge shown under Rod Marinelli," 12 Jan. 2021 The sophisticated grassroots efforts that drove record numbers of AAPI voters to the polls in November, such as in-language phone-banking and relational organizing, started maturing only over the past few election cycles. NBC News, "How Georgia's 1st Vietnamese American state rep is continuing Stacey Abrams' fight," 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of relational

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of relational was in 1662

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11 Feb 2021

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“Relational.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relational. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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