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Meaning of relation by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Anglo-Norman relacioun, from Old French relacion ( cognate to French relation ), from Latin relationem, accusative of relatio, noun of process form from perfect passive participle relatus ( “related” ), from verb referre ( “to refer, to relate” ), from prefix re- ( “again” ) + ferre ( “to bear, to carry” )


    • enPR: rĭ-lā'shən, IPA: /rɪˈleɪʃən/, X-SAMPA: /rI"leIS@n/
    • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


    relation ( plural: relations )

    1. The manner in which two things may be associated .
      The relation between diet and health is complex .
    2. A member of one's family .
      Yes, he's a relation of mine, but a only distant one .
    3. The act of relating a story .
      Your relation of the events is different from mine .
    4. ( set theory ) A set of ordered tuples .
    5. ( set theory ) Specifically, a set of ordered pairs .
      Equality is a symmetric relation, while divisibility is not .
    6. ( databases ) A set of ordered tuples retrievable by a relational database; a table .
      This relation uses the customer's social security number as a key .
    7. ( mathematics ) A statement of equality of two products of generators, used in the presentation of a group .
    8. ( usually collocated: sexual relations ) The act of intercourse



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Explanation of relation by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together

    2. mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups

    3. international relations
    4. the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman

    5. the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time

    6. his attorney argued for the relation back of the amended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed
    7. an act of narration

    8. he was the hero according to his own relation
    9. a person related by blood or marriage

    10. he has distant relations back in New Jersey

    Definition of relation by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Relation ( r?-l?sh?n ), n. [F. relation, L. relatio. See Relate.]
      1. The act of relating or telling; also, that which is related; recital; account; narration; narrative; as, “the relation of historical events”.

      oet's relation doth well figure them. Bacon.

      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.”

      Any sort of connection which is perceived or imagined between two or more things, or any comparison which is made by the mind, is a relation. I. Taylor.

      3. Reference; respect; regard.

      I have been importuned to make some observations on this art in relation to its agreement with poetry. Dryden.

      4. Connection by consanguinity or affinity; kinship; relationship; as, “the relation of parents and children”.

      Relations dear, and all the charities

      Of father, son, and brother, first were known. Milton.

      5. A person connected by cosanguinity or affinity; a relative; a kinsman or kinswoman.

      For me . . . my relation does not care a rush. Ld. Lytton.

      6. ( Law ) 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. The act of a relator at whose instance a suit is begun. Wharton. Burrill.

      Syn. -- Recital; rehearsal; narration; account; narrative; tale; detail; description; kindred; kinship; consanguinity; affinity; kinsman; kinswoman.