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Definition of 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

Beauty is as relative as light and dark. Thus, there exists no beautiful woman, none at all, because you are never certain that a still far more beautiful woman will not appear and completely shame the supposed beauty of the first.
Paul Klee

'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

Evil exists to glorify the good. Evil is negative good. It is a relative term. Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time, becomes good at another time to somebody else.

In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is - as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art.
Josef Albers

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
Albert Camus
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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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