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English Dictionary: relative by the DICT Development Group
4 results for relative
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete; "a relative stranger"
    Synonym(s): relative, comparative
    Antonym(s): absolute
  2. properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'; "the punishment ought to be proportional to the crime"; "earnings relative to production"
    Synonym(s): proportional, relative
  1. a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"
    Synonym(s): relative, relation
  2. an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)
    Synonym(s): relative, congener, congenator, congeneric
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Relative \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.
            [bd]Confining our care . . . to ourselves and
            relatives.[b8] --Bp. Fell.
      (b) (Gram.) A relative pronoun; a word which relates to, or
            represents, another word or phrase, called its
            antecedent; as, the relatives [bd]who[b8], [bd]which[b8],

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Relative \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.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      Early system on IBM 650.   Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959).
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