relatively speaking

Definition of relatively speaking

  1. 1 :  when compared to others that are similar The procedure was quick, relatively speaking. Relatively speaking, the movie wasn't bad.

  2. 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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to a relative degree or extent :  somewhat

  1. :  that speaks :  capable of speech

    :  that involves talking or giving speeches

    :  highly significant or expressive :  eloquent

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