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.

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Examples of relatively in a Sentence

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

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Cool/permeable pavements, a relatively new concept, could help reduce surface temperatures. Pamela Falk, CBS News, "Brace for more killer heat waves, Red Cross warns," 16 July 2019 Just 4 years old, Pop is a relatively new addition to the TV landscape. Sandra Gonzalez And Whitney Friedlander, CNN, "You thought the Emmy nominations would be predictable, then 'Schitt's Creek' happened," 16 July 2019 In 2018, Meghan was a relatively new member of the royal family, having married Prince Harry in May 2018. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle's Wimbledon Outings Compare," 13 July 2019 This relatively new apparition on the city’s skyline makes highway passersby wonder what’s happening inside such an arresting structure. David Holahan,, "Connecticut Science Center: Where learning is fun and serious business, too," 11 July 2019 To make this all happen, Chandler has partnered with All Nations Community School , a relatively new private school formerly leasing space from a synagogue in The Woodlands. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "New school focused on special needs children to open in Oak Ridge North," 9 July 2019 Oklahoma Joe's is well known for its full size smokers, but the Rambler is a relatively new effort to bring the power of the full size smoker to the table top. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, "Fire Fest! The 5 Best Portable Grills You Can Buy," 6 July 2019 The Losharik, a relatively new ship which entered service in 2010, is the most advanced and most obscure Russian submarine. Fox News, "At least 14 sailors dead after Russian sub catches fire during research mission: officials," 3 July 2019 At that time in the mid-'90s, Iran was a relatively new fundamentalist Islamic state with harsh punishments for things like homosexuality and improper head coverings, many of which are still in place today. Rachel Lubitz,, "I Was Arrested For Having Long Hair. Now I'm In A Pantene Ad.," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of relatively

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of relatively

: when compared to others

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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