Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a person related by blood or marriage
    he has distant relations back in New Jersey
  2. (noun, animal) an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)
  3. (adj, all) estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete
  4. (adj, all) properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'
    earnings relative to production

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Antonyms of Relative


Origin of the word Relative

  1. 1388, "a relative pronoun," from O.Fr. relatif (13c.), from L.L. relativus "having reference or relation," from L. relatus, pp. of referre "to refer." Meaning "person in the same family" first recorded 1657; the adj. is attested from 1530. Relatively "in relation to something else" is recorded from 1561. Relativism in philosophy first r… more

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Words that sound like Relative

raoul dufy, relatiative

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