relatively

adverb rel·a·tive·ly \ ˈre-lə-tiv-lē \
|Updated on: 20 Jul 2018

Definition of relatively

: to a relative degree or extent : somewhat
  • a relatively small group of people
  • relatively cool weather
  • The house is relatively new.
relatively speaking
1 : when compared to others that are similar
  • The procedure was quick, relatively speaking.
  • Relatively speaking, the movie wasn't bad.>
2 used to say that something is true or correct as a general statement even if it is not entirely true or correct
  • The trip was, relatively speaking, a disaster.

Examples of relatively in a Sentence

  1. these newly acquired in-laws felt relatively comfortable at our family reunion

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First Known Use of relatively

15th century

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Definition of relatively for English Language Learners

  • : when compared to others



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