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Definition of Relative

Relative

  1. Having relation or reference; referring; respecting; standing in connection; pertaining; as, arguments not relative to the subject.
  2. Arising from relation; resulting from connection with, or reference to, something else; not absolute.
  3. Indicating or expressing relation; refering to an antecedent; as, a relative pronoun.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A person connected by blood or affinity; strictly, one allied by blood; a relation; a kinsman or kinswoman.
  7. A relative pronoun; a word which relates to, or represents, another word or phrase, called its antecedent; as, the relatives "who", "which", "that".

Relative Quotations

A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
Socrates

Our lives are structured by our memories of events. Event X happened just before the big Paris vacation. I was doing Y in the first summer after I learned to drive. Z happened the weekend after I landed my first job. We remember events by positioning them in time relative to other events.
Joshua Foer

'Easter' is a movable event, calculated by the relative positions of sun and moon, an impossible way of fixing year by year the anniversary of a historical event, but a very natural and indeed inevitable way of calculating a solar festival. These changing dates do not point to the history of a man, but to the hero of a solar myth.
Annie Besant

It is a well-documented fact that guys will not ask for directions. This is a biological thing. This is why it takes several million sperm cells... to locate a female egg, despite the fact that the egg is, relative to them, the size of Wisconsin.
Dave Barry

Test a servant while in the discharge of his duty, a relative in difficulty, a friend in adversity, and a wife in misfortune.
Chanakya
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Relative Translations

relative in Dutch is verwant, familielid
relative in Finnish is suhteellinen, sukulainen
relative in French is parent, relatif, parente
relative in German is relativ
relative in Italian is parente, relativo, conggiunto
relative in Portuguese is parente, relativo
relative in Spanish is familiar, pariente, deuodo, deudo, relativo