AskDefine | Define relative

Dictionary Definition

relative adj
1 not absolute or complete; "a relative stranger" [ant: absolute]
2 properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'; "punishment oughtt to be proportional to the crime"; "earnings relative to production" [syn: proportional]

Noun

1 a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey" [syn: relation]
2 an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus) [syn: congener, congenator]

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English

Etymology

From Latin relativus, adjective form with suffix -ivus, from relatus, perfect passive participle of referre, literally carry again, from prefix re-, again + ferre, bear or carry, from PIE ??

Pronunciation

Preposition

relative
  1. Relating to, being relevant towards.

Adjective

  1. not absolute; connected to or depending on something else

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Translations

Noun

  1. someone in the same family; someone connected by blood, marriage, or adoption
  2. refer to relativity for a scientific definition

Translations

someone in the same family; someone connected by blood, marriage, or adoption

Adjective

relative p
  1. feminine of relativo

Extensive Definition

Relative can refer to:
  • Kinship, the principle binding the most basic social units society. If two people are connected by circumstances of birth, they are said to be relatives

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See also

relative in French: Relatif
relative in Simple English: Relative
relative in Yiddish: רעלאטיוו

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