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Meaning of RELATIVE

Pronunciation:  'relutiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)
  2. [n]  a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"
  3. [adj]  not absolute or complete; "a relative stranger"
  4. [adj]  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"
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 Synonyms: comparative, congenator, congener, proportional, proportionate, qualifying, relation, relational
 Antonyms: absolute
 See Also: agnate, ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, being, better half, blood relation, blood relative, clan, cognate, cousin, cousin-german, descendant, descendent, enate, family, first cousin, full cousin, human, individual, in-law, issue, kin, kin group, kindred, kinship group, kinsman, kinsperson, kinswoman, kissing cousin, kissing kin, married person, mate, matrikin, matrilineal kin, matrilineal sib, matrisib, mortal, next of kin, offspring, organism, partner, patrikin, patrilineal kin, patrilineal sib, patrisib, person, progeny, relative-in-law, root, second cousin, sib, sibling, somebody, someone, soul, spouse, tribe



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rel"a*tive\ (r?l"?-t?v), a. [F. relatif, L. relativus.
    See {Relate}.]
    1. Having relation or reference; referring; respecting;
       standing in connection; pertaining; as, arguments not
       relative to the subject.
             I'll have grounds More relative than this. --Shak.
    2. Arising from relation; resulting from connection with, or
       reference to, something else; not absolute.
             Every thing sustains both an absolute and a relative
             capacity: an absolute, as it is such a thing, endued
             with such a nature; and a relative, as it is a part
             of the universe, and so stands in such a relations
             to the whole.                         --South.
    3. (Gram.) Indicating or expressing relation; refering to an
       antecedent; as, a relative pronoun.
    4. (Mus.) Characterizing or pertaining to chords and keys,
       which, by reason of the identify of some of their tones,
       admit of a natural transition from one to the other.
       --Moore (Encyc. of Music).
    {Relative clause} (Gram.), a clause introduced by a relative
    {Relative term}, a term which implies relation to, as
       guardian to ward, matter to servant, husband to wife. Cf.
  2. \Rel"a*tive\, n.
    One who, or that which, relates to, or is considered in its
    relation to, something else; a relative object or term; one
    of two object or term; one of two objects directly connected
    by any relation. Specifically:
    (a) A person connected by blood or affinity; strictly, one
        allied by blood; a relation; a kinsman or kinswoman.
        ``Confining our care . . . to ourselves and relatives.''
        --Bp. Fell.
    (b) (Gram.) A relative pronoun; a word which relates to, or
        represents, another word or phrase, called its
        antecedent; as, the relatives ``who'', ``which'',
Computing Dictionary

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

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing your relatives in your dream means family issues or feelings. They represent some aspect of your own self.