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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Since his arrival on May 6, 2019, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor has been kept relatively out of the spotlight. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Diana's Sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, Has Already Met Baby Archie," 13 May 2019 Further Reading Virgin Galactic moves on from crash, debuts flashy new spaceship However, suborbital flight is still relatively easy compared to an orbital flight. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Virgin Galactic just flew to 82.68 kilometers—is this space?," 13 Dec. 2018 Achieving this look for yourself is relatively easy, too. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Wore Pink Mascara on the Teen Choice Awards 2018 Red Carpet," 14 Aug. 2018 Mirror exposure therapy is a relatively new psychological approach in which participants observe themselves in a full-length mirror and talk about their bodies with the guidance of a therapist. Suzanne Oliver, WSJ, "How a Mirror Can Help People Who Hate Their Bodies," 29 Apr. 2019 While the rights-of-nature movement is a relatively new concept for Western communities, its use by Indigenous peoples can be traced to traditional worldviews and laws that view nature as a living being. Rory Taylor, Teen Vogue, "How Rights of Nature Legislation Affords Legal Standing, or Personhood, to Natural Entities," 22 Apr. 2019 The evening cape is a relatively new proposition in particular, one that Brie Larson just put to the test on the red carpet. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Brie Larson Takes This Superheroine Staple to the Red Carpet," 15 Apr. 2019 Aprehend is a relatively new product available for professionals that uses more natural ingredients. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Most Effective Bed Bug Treatment, According to Experts," 8 Apr. 2019 The technology still was relatively new in the late 1980s. Kathleen Foody, Fox News, "Colorado police make arrest in 30-year-old slaying of woman," 20 Sep. 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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a strong desire or propensity

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