relative meaning

[ 'relətiv ] Pronunciation:   "relative" in a sentence
Adjective: relative  relutiv
  1. Estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete
    "a relative stranger"
    - comparative 
  2. Properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by 'to'
    "earnings relative to production"
    - proportional
Noun: relative  relutiv
  1. A person related by blood or marriage
    "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"
    - relation, flesh and blood 
  2. An animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)
    - congener, congenator, congeneric

Derived forms: relatives

See also: proportionate, relational, relativity

Type of: being, individual, mortal, organism, person, somebody, someone, soul

Antonym: absolute

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

Encyclopedia: Relative

Early system on IBM 650. Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959).


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  1. a distant relative is not as good as a near neighbour.
  2. he discriminates in favour of his relatives.
  3. once you were nearly the victim of a near relative.
  4. he had neither relatives nor friends there.
  5. what are the relative merits of the two ?

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