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relative

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noun rel·a·tive \ˈre-lə-tiv\

Definition of relative

  1. 1 :  a word referring grammatically to an antecedent

  2. 2 :  a thing having a relation to or connection with or necessary dependence on another thing

  3. 3a :  a person connected with another by blood or affinityb :  an animal or plant related to another by common descent

  4. 4 :  a relative term

Examples of relative in a Sentence

  1. At the family reunion, I saw relatives I haven't seen in years.

  2. He inherited a small piece of land from a distant relative.

  3. The donkey is a relative of the horse.

Recent Examples of relative from the Web

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First Known Use of relative

14th century

Other Genetics Terms


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relative

adjective rel·a·tive

Definition of relative

  1. 1 :  introducing a subordinate clause qualifying an expressed or implied antecedent a relative pronoun; also :  introduced by such a connective a relative clause

  2. 2 :  relevant, pertinent matters relative to world peace

  3. 3 :  not absolute or independent :  comparative the relative isolation of life in the country

  4. 4 :  having the same key signature —used of major and minor keys and scales

  5. 5 :  expressed as the ratio of the specified quantity (such as an error in measuring) to the total magnitude (such as the value of a measured quantity) or to the mean of all the quantities involved

Examples of relative in a Sentence

  1. the relative value of two houses

  2. the relative positions of the islands

  3. We discussed the relative merits of each school.

  4. Who, whom, whose, which, and that are all relative pronouns.

  5. The phrase that won in the book that won is a relative clause.

Recent Examples of relative from the Web

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First Known Use of relative

15th century



RELATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

relative

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noun

Definition of relative for English Language Learners

  • : a member of your family

  • : something that belongs to the same group as something else because of shared characteristics, qualities, etc.

relative

adjective

Definition of relative for English Language Learners

  • : compared to someone or something else or to each other

  • : seeming to be something when compared with others

  • grammar : referring to a noun, a part of a sentence, or a sentence that was used earlier


RELATIVE Defined for Kids

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relative

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noun rel·a·tive \ˈre-lə-tiv\

Definition of relative for Students

  1. :  a person connected with another by ancestry or marriage


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relative

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adjective rel·a·tive

Definition of relative for Students

  1. 1 :  existing in comparison to something else What is the relative value of the two houses?

  2. 2 :  relevant Please ask questions relative to the topic.

relatively

adverb It's been a relatively dry year.

Law Dictionary

relative

adjective rel·a·tive

Legal Definition of relative

  1. 1 :  not absolute

  2. 2 in the civil law of Louisiana :  having or allowing some legal effect a relative impediment a relative simulation — see also relative nullity at nullity

relatively

adverb


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