relation meaning

[ ri'leiʃən ] Pronunciation:   "relation" in a sentence
  • Noun: relation  ri'leyshun
    1. An abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together 
    2. The act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
      - sexual intercourse, intercourse, sex act, copulation, coitus, coition, sexual congress, congress, sexual relation, carnal knowledge 
    3. A person related by blood or marriage
      "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"
      - relative, flesh and blood 
    4. An act of narration
      "he was the hero according to his own relation"
      - telling, recounting 
    5. (law) the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time
      "his attorney argued for the relation back of the amended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed"
      - relation back 
    6. (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups
      "international relations"

    Derived forms: relations

    See also: relate, relationship

    Type of: abstract entity, abstraction, dealings, individual, judicial doctrine, judicial principle, legal principle, mortal, narration, person, recital, sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice, somebody, someone, soul, traffic, yarn

    Part of: clan, kin, kin group, kindred, kinship group, tribe

    Encyclopedia: Relation

  • [Law]
    The report which the judges made of the proceedings in certain suits to the prince were so called.

    These relations took place when the judge had no law to direct him, or when the laws were susceptible of difficulties; it was then referred to the prince, who was the author of the law, to give the interpretation. Those reports were made in writing and contained the pleadings of the parties, and all the proceedings, together with the judge's opinion, and prayed the emperor to order what should be done. The ordinance of the prince thus required was called a rescript. The use of these relations was abolished by Justinian.

    contracts, construction. When an act is done at one time, and it operates upon the thing as if done at another time, it is said to do so by relation; as, if a man deliver a deed as an escrow, to be delivered by the party holding it, to the grantor, on the performance of some act, the delivery to the latter will have relation back to the first delivery. Again, if a partner be adjudged a bankrupt, the partnership is dissolved, and such dissolution relates back to the time when the commission issued.

    kindred. In its most extensive signification, this term includes all the kindred of the person spoken of. In a more limited sense, it signifies those persons who are entitled as next of kin under the statute of distribution.

    A legacy to "relations" generally, or to "relations by blood or marriage," without enumerating any of them, will, therefore, entitle to a share, such of the testator's relatives as would be entitled under the statute of distribution's in the event of intestacy.

    Relations to either of the parties, even beyond the ninth degree, have been holden incapable to serve on juries.

    Relationship or affinity is no objection to a witness, unless in the case of hushand and wife.

  • [Medicine]
    1 : an aspect or quality (as resemblance or causality) that connects two or more things or parts as being or belonging or working together, as being of the same kind, or as being logically connected ‹the evidence that there was a relation between the use of tobacco and lung cancer —Current Biog.› ‹the relation of time and space›
    2 : the attitude or stance which two or more persons or groups assume toward one another ‹race relations
    a : the state of being mutually or reciprocally interested (as in social matters)
    b relations pl : SEXUAL INTERCOURSE ‹they admitted intercourse with the girl, and two doctors testified that relations had occurred —Newsweek› — re·la·tion·al adj

  • [Computer]
    1. <mathematics> A subset of the product of two sets, R : A x B. If (a, b) is an element of R then we write a R b, meaning a is related to b by R. A relation may be: reflexive (a R a), symmetric (a R b => b R a), transitive (a R b & b R c => a R c), antisymmetric (a R b & b R a => a = b) or total (a R b or b R a).

    See equivalence relation, partial ordering, pre-order, total ordering.

    2. <database> A table in a relational database.


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  1. the relations between the two countries are strained.
  2. they can both be used in relation to distance.
  3. the accumulations bear no relation to structure.
  4. she had deliberately shifted our relations.
  5. i can't help detesting my relations.

Related Words

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