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
Recent Examples on the Web An almost magically rich, flaky, and relatively easy puff pastry crust makes this fresh cherry pie even more spectacular. Beth Segal, cleveland, 4 June 2021 Bluff trail is a relatively easy hike through woodlands and oak savanna, with views of hills to the west and the Mississippi River valley from 660-foot King’s Bluff at the end. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2021 Some pioneers in the field argue that Covid-19 was a relatively easy pathogen to tackle, at least in hindsight. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, 1 June 2021 Because these vaccines have been used safely in adults, vaccine experts said that was a relatively easy process. John Bonifield, CNN, 25 May 2021 An official vaccination card, which is a 3-x-4-inch piece of common heavy-stock paper with straightforward printing on it, is relatively easy to fraudulently reproduce. oregonlive, 20 May 2021 This comes as the shots are relatively easy to get in the United States and available to everyone age 12 and older. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 May 2021 All of these whiskies, with the exception of Insurrection, are well known, relatively easy to find and reasonably affordable. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 15 May 2021 Reviews also note that the TV stand is relatively easy to put together and only requires a screwdriver, which is surely helpful for all the less handy folks out there. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 12 May 2021

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First Known Use of relatively

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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6 Jun 2021

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“Relatively.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of relatively

: when compared to others


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