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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relationally adverb

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The phases below map to Mark Knapp’s relational development model. Pamela Pavliscak, Quartz, "Forget AI ethics—treat technology like a new relationship instead," 2 Aug. 2019 The ability to be genuine and relational precedes all other obligations of an actor — of a person, really. N'jameh Camara, Teen Vogue, "Names That Are Unfamiliar to You Aren't "Hard," They're "Unpracticed"," 12 July 2019 Many libertarians and soi-disant classical liberals, and almost all progressives, ignore or explain away the essentially relational character of human existence in the name of an ever more unconstricted view of personal liberty. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Democracy’s Moral Foundations: Recovering Our ‘Constitution in Full’," 20 June 2019 Lawler and Reinsch are fully committed to the dignity of the relational person and to the defense of the American republic. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Democracy’s Moral Foundations: Recovering Our ‘Constitution in Full’," 20 June 2019 The Indiana Department of Education defines four categories of bullying: physical, verbal, social/relational, and in electronic or written communication. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Franklin school district didn't intervene amid bullying of girl with autism, lawsuit claims," 6 June 2019 Ocient, a company building a relational database and analytics software platform for petabyte- to exabyte-scale data sets, raised $10 million in Series A funding. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Wednesday, June 6," 6 June 2018 Ocient, a company building a relational database and analytics software platform for petabyte- to exabyte-scale data sets, raised $10 million in Series A funding. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Wednesday, June 6," 6 June 2018 Ocient, a company building a relational database and analytics software platform for petabyte- to exabyte-scale data sets, raised $10 million in Series A funding. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Wednesday, June 6," 6 June 2018

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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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