relation

noun
re·​la·​tion | \ ri-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce relation (audio) \

Definition of relation

1 : the act of telling or recounting : account
2 : an aspect or quality (such as resemblance) that connects two or more things or parts as being or belonging or working together or as being of the same kind the relation of time and space specifically : a property (such as one expressed by is equal to, is less than, or is the brother of) that holds between an ordered pair of objects
3 : the referring by a legal fiction of an act to a prior date as the time of its taking effect usually used with back
4a(1) : a person connected by consanguinity or affinity : relative
(2) : a person legally entitled to a share of the property of an intestate
b : relationship by consanguinity or affinity : kinship
5 : reference, respect in relation to
6 : the attitude or stance which two or more persons or groups assume toward one another race relations
7a : the state of being mutually or reciprocally interested (as in social or commercial matters)
b relations plural
(1) : dealings, intercourse foreign relations

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Synonyms & Antonyms for relation

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • nonintercourse
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Examples of relation in a Sentence

The incident led to tense international relations.
Recent Examples on the Web If the horror movie is at one end of the spectrum of good taste, deafness has also recently been portrayed in highbrow films as well—although with ambiguous relation to deaf culture writ large. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 8 July 2021 Here’s Blue Box’s tweet emphatically denying any relation to Kojima, Konami, or Silent Hill. Dave Thier, Forbes, 18 June 2021 These enactments of erasure were not solely in relation to kelp—many of our knowledges have been stolen and appropriated from us. Jen Rose Smith, Vogue, 11 June 2021 Especially after that relation has graduated and moved on with their life. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 8 May 2021 That 20-year-old man has not been charged in relation with Randell’s shooting or any other but remains in custody on $250,000 bond on the larceny charge, court records show. Zach Murdock, courant.com, 4 May 2021 Such a prospect—that relation will tip over into identity, and then subsumption—sends shock waves of pleasure and terror through much of Bechdel’s work. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 The national anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into murder of a person of public authority in relation with a terrorist group. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Apr. 2021 His national anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into murder of a person of public authority in relation with a terrorist group. Angela Charlton And Michel Euler, chicagotribune.com, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of relation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for relation

Middle English relacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin relation-, relatio, from referre (past participle relatus) to carry back

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“Relation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relation. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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relation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of relation

: the way in which two or more people, groups, countries, etc., talk to, behave toward, and deal with each other
: the way in which two or more people or things are connected
: a person who is a member of your family

relation

noun
re·​la·​tion | \ ri-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce relation (audio) \

Kids Definition of relation

1 : connection sense 2, relationship Doctors studied the relation between sleep and health.
2 : a related person : relative
3 : reference sense 2, respect He'll speak in relation to this matter.
4 relations plural : the interaction between two or more people, groups, or countries foreign relations

relation

noun
re·​la·​tion | \ ri-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce relation (audio) \

Medical Definition of relation

1 : an aspect or quality (as resemblance or causality) that connects two or more things or parts as being or belonging or working together, as being of the same kind, or as being logically connected the strong relation between genotype and phenotype— Anne M. Glazier et al.
2 : the attitude or stance which two or more persons or groups assume toward one another race relations
3a : the state of being mutually or reciprocally interested (as in social matters)
b relations plural : sexual intercourse testified that relations had occurredNewsweek

Other Words from relation

relational \ -​əl How to pronounce relation (audio) \ adjective

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