rel·​a·​tive·​ly | \ ˈre-lə-tiv-lē How to pronounce relatively (audio) \

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

these newly acquired in-laws felt relatively comfortable at our family reunion
Recent Examples on the Web But researchers for the New York Fed noted that delinquency rates for credit card debt is still relatively low. Jaclyn Peiser, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2022 The relatively low tax revenues collected reflect the low tax rate: 13.75 percent. Michael Silverman,, 2 Aug. 2022 Experts say your risk is relatively low, but not zero, in crowds and indoor public places where people are fully clothed. Jennifer Fields, Fortune, 1 Aug. 2022 Corn kernels had relatively low concentrations of PFAS, the study’s authors found. Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune, 31 July 2022 For a weather-resistant option that will add architectural interest to your yard at a relatively low price, check out the arched Joyside Steel Pergola. Samantha S. Thorpe, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 July 2022 Rihanna was photographed earlier this week wearing a cone bra and corset top while out on a date with Rocky. Since becoming parents, Rihanna and Rocky have kept a relatively low profile. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 28 July 2022 Moore has since kept a relatively low profile on the professional front. Jabeen Waheed, Glamour, 28 July 2022 Even though interest rates remain relatively low, many consumers don't have much extra cash in their budgets to keep borrowing at higher rates or in some cases keep up with their payments. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 27 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of relatively

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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5 Aug 2022

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“Relatively.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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