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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No one else in the royal household fell ill with typhoid fever around this time, and though England had been wracked by a spate of the disease just a few years prior to Albert's death, in December of 1861 there were relatively few cases reported. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How Did Queen Victoria's Husband Prince Albert Die?," 4 Mar. 2019 During 2018, government officials posted a withholding calculator on the IRS’s website and urged taxpayers to use it in order to avoid tax-time surprises, but relatively few people used it. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: Withholding and Estimated Tax Payments," 15 Feb. 2019 Although there are millions of Princess Diana fans, there are relatively few people with the funds to afford a gown like this. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "A Princess Diana Dress That Was Bought Used for £200 in 1994 Is Now On Sale for £100K," 2 Dec. 2018 But going back further to, say, 1800, there were probably relatively few controls on people. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "What If There Were No Borders?," 30 Nov. 2018 Ouster started with a Velodyne-style spinning lidar partly because potential customers are familiar with the design and partly because the spinning design works with relatively few lasers—16 or 64 in Ouster's initial designs. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why millions of lasers on a chip could be the future of lidar," 8 Nov. 2018 Cagliari, the largest city on Sardinia, is only 90 minutes from most of Sulcis’s towns, which makes flying in and renting relatively easy. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 Paabo said he was surprised by the discovery, given how relatively few remains of our evolutionary relatives have been found around the world. Fox News, "Mom was Neanderthal: Fossil shows mix of humankind's cousins," 22 Aug. 2018 However, relatively few manufacturers have registered their products with this program. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How Trump’s tariffs are affecting the furniture industry," 7 Aug. 2018

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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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