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

Other Words from relational

relationally adverb

Examples of relational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In my experience, legacy technologies, such as relational or document databases, are insufficient for managing this type of data. Brian Mullen, Forbes, 16 June 2022 You and your wife are supposed to be partners: Emotional, relational, and financial. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 14 June 2022 You and your wife are supposed to be partners: Emotional, relational, and financial. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 14 June 2022 This clashes with the relational equality that Saunders-Hastings prizes. Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 The ruruhouses, Supartono said, were all about relational aesthetics, because the art facilitated the socializing. New York Times, 9 June 2022 But so are things such as relational safety, empathy, trust and, most importantly, mutual respect. Katie Hurley, CNN, 5 June 2022 Polyamorous relationships require disclosure, boundary setting, and a commitment to some sort of relational equity. Gabrielle Smith, Glamour, 16 May 2022 So that is a moment when it’s really dramatized: the sacramental authority of the priest on the one hand and the local, relational authority of the abbess on the other hand. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of relational

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Relational.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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