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Definition of Relation

Relation

  1. The act of relating or telling; also, that which is related; recital; account; narration; narrative; as, the relation of historical events.
  2. The state of being related or of referring; what is apprehended as appertaining to a being or quality, by considering it in its bearing upon something else; relative quality or condition; the being such and such with regard or respect to some other thing; connection; as, the relation of experience to knowledge; the relation of master to servant.
  3. Reference; respect; regard.
  4. Connection by consanguinity or affinity; kinship; relationship; as, the relation of parents and children.
  5. A person connected by cosanguinity or affinity; a relative; a kinsman or kinswoman.
  6. The carrying back, and giving effect or operation to, an act or proceeding frrom some previous date or time, by a sort of fiction, as if it had happened or begun at that time. In such case the act is said to take effect by relation.
  7. The act of a relator at whose instance a suit is begun.

Relation Quotations

Politics have no relation to morals.
Niccolo Machiavelli

A physician's physiology has much the same relation to his power of healing as a cleric's divinity has to his power of influencing conduct.
Samuel Butler

For this reason, to study English literature without some general knowledge of the relation of the Bible to that literature would be to leave one's literary education very incomplete.
Lafcadio Hearn

Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.
Louis Aragon

Don't flatter yourselves that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. On the contrary, the nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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Relation Translations

relation in Afrikaans is verband, opsig
relation in Danish is forhold
relation in Dutch is betrekking, omgang, verband
relation in French is relation
relation in German is Beziehung
relation in Italian is riferimento, rapporto
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