rel·​a·​tive·​ly | \ˈre-lə-tiv-lē \

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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While turkey vultures are common in Indiana, black vultures are a relatively new and deadly arrival. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 On this sailing, the cruise portion of the trip is on Ponant's Le Soleal, a relatively new, stylish vessel that holds up to 265 passengers. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Exclusive events, all-inclusive fares: Inside the Tauck formula for small-ship cruising," 13 July 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge has kept a relatively low profile since attending Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding two months ago. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton Wears Alexander McQueen for Prince Louis’s Christening," 9 July 2018 In Placer County, there are relatively low hepatitis C rates as compared to statewide averages, said Katie Combs Prichard, a spokesperson with Placer County Health and Human Services. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "Not all Californians can get life-saving hepatitis C treatment. Governor's budget aims to fix.," 27 June 2018 Though the film was put together after less than 40 days of shooting, Future was nonplussed by the relatively short timetable he was given to produce the soundtrack. Sonaiya Kelley,, "Why Director X chose Future to follow in Curtis Mayfield's footsteps curating the 'SuperFly' soundtrack," 22 June 2018 Compared to other breakout social networks that launched between 2010 and 2015, including Instagram and Snapchat, Vine’s lifespan was relatively short. Madeline Buxton,, "Vine Is Dead, But The Internet Is Determined To Keep It Alive," 21 June 2018 The gains came in a relatively quiet session: just 5.2 billion shares changed hands across the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq, marking the lowest volume for a full trading day this year. Akane Otani, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Rise, Post Weekly Gains," 13 July 2018 The cosmos is relatively quiet, with the Libra Waxing Moon marking the main event. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes July 16-22," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of relatively

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: when compared to others

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