relative rank


Definition of relative rank

1 : the rank in a service or branch of the armed services other than an officer's own which corresponds with the rank held by him distinguished from lineal rank
2 : comparative rank according to date of commission among officers holding the same grade

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“Relative rank.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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