rel·​a·​tive·​ly ˈre-lə-tiv-lē How to pronounce relatively (audio)
: to a relative degree or extent : somewhat
a relatively small group of people
relatively cool weather
The house is relatively new.
relatively speaking
: when compared to others that are similar
The procedure was quick, relatively speaking.
Relatively speaking, the movie wasn't bad.
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

these newly acquired in-laws felt relatively comfortable at our family reunion
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of relatively was in the 15th century

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“Relatively.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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