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relation

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1 relations plural doings between individuals or groups
  • relations between the rival newspapers remained friendly despite their competition for the same stories

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2 a person connected with another by blood or marriage
  • he and I are relations on my mother's side

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3 the fact or state of having something in common
  • there's no relation between you losing your favorite baseball hat and your team losing the game

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4 the state of having shared interests or efforts (as in social or business matters)
  • our intramural baseball team had a relation with the other baseball teams in the area

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5 relations plural sexual union involving penetration of the vagina by the penis
  • a law that prohibits relations between close relatives

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The first known use of relation was in the 14th century

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“Relation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/relation. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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