relatively speaking

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

relatively play
  1. : to a relative degree or extent : somewhat

speaking play
  1. : that speaks : capable of speech

  2. : having a population that speaks a specified language

  3. : that involves talking or giving speeches


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