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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

The only definition by which America's best days are behind it is on a purely relative basis.
Bill Gates

Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.
Aristotle

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

It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
Henry David Thoreau
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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

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