relational

adjective
re·la·tion·al | \ri-ˈlā-shnəl, -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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from relational

relationally adverb

Examples of relational in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 But he's always talked about the relational aspect of the negotiations. Fox News, "Trump ready for NKorea summit but 'prepared to walk away'," 8 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 And Sybase was troubled at the time and was a relational database company looking for the next chapter, so to speak. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: BlackBerry CEO John Chen on Recode Decode," 19 Apr. 2018 Among other accomplishments, the school’s strong relational trust-building and restorative practices have significantly reduced suspension rates. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Here are eight ‘Schools of Opportunity’ that do extraordinary things for students," 22 Jan. 2018 Richmond is a relational town, and both Republicans and Democrats have been counting on widespread personal affection for Northam to ease political gridlock. Washington Post, "That was quick: Va. Republicans say new governor is off to a bad start," 6 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'relational.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of relational

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about relational

Share relational

Statistics for relational

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for relational

The first known use of relational was in 1662

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on relational

See words that rhyme with relational

Britannica English: Translation of relational for Arabic Speakers

Comments on relational

What made you want to look up relational? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a generally accepted meaning of a word

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!