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Meaning of relative by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin relativus, from relatus, perfect passive participle of referre ( “to carry back, to ascribe” ), from re- ( “again” ) + ferre ( “to bear or carry” )


    relative ( not comparable )

    1. Relevant; pertinent
    2. Connected to or depending on something else; not absolute; comparative.
    3. ( grammar ) That relates to an antecedent
    4. ( music ) Having the same key but differing in being major or minor
    5. ( computing, of a URL, URI, path, or similar ) Expressed in relation to another item, rather than in complete form .
      The relative URL /images/pic.jpg, when evaluated in the context of http://example.com/docs/pic.html, corresponds to the absolute URL http://example.com/images/pic.jpg .


    • absolute

    Derived terms


    relative ( plural: relatives )

    1. Someone in the same family; someone connected by blood, marriage, or adoption .


    • See also Wikisaurus:relative


Explanation of relative by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. estimated by comparison

    2. a relative stranger
    3. properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics

    4. earnings relative to production
    1. an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another ( as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus )

    2. a person related by blood or marriage

    3. police are searching for relatives of the deceased

    Definition of relative by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Relative ( r?l?-t?v ), a. [F. relatif, L. relativus. See Relate.]
      1. Having relation or reference; referring; respecting; standing in connection; pertaining; as, “arguments not relative to the subject”.

      I'll have grounds

      More relative than this. Shak.

      2. Arising from relation; resulting from connection with, or reference to, something else; not absolute.

      Every thing sustains both an absolute and a relative capacity: an absolute, as it is such a thing, endued with such a nature; and a relative, as it is a part of the universe, and so stands in such a relations to the whole. South.

      3. ( Gram. ) Indicating or expressing relation; refering to an antecedent; as, “a relative pronoun”.

      4. ( Mus. ) 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. Moore ( Encyc. of Music ).

      Relative clause ( Gram. ), a clause introduced by a relative pronoun. -- Relative term, a term which implies relation to, as guardian to ward, matter to servant, husband to wife. Cf. Correlative.

    2. Relative, n. 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. Specifically: A person connected by blood or affinity; strictly, one allied by blood; a relation; a kinsman or kinswoman. “Confining our care . . . to ourselves and relatives.” Bp. Fell. ( Gram. ) A relative pronoun; a word which relates to, or represents, another word or phrase, called its antecedent; as, “the relatives “who”, “which”, “that””.