[rel-uh-tiv] /ˈrɛl ə tɪv/
a person who is connected with another or others by blood or marriage.
something having, or standing in, some or connection to something else.
something dependent upon external conditions for its specific nature, size, etc. (opposed to ).
Grammar. a , adjective, or adverb.
considered in relation to something else; comparative:
the relative merits of democracy and monarchy.
existing or having its specific nature only by relation to something else; not absolute or independent:
Happiness is relative.
having relation or connection.
having reference or regard; relevant; pertinent (usually followed by to):
to determine the facts relative to an accident.
Value is relative to demand.
(of a term, name, etc.) depending for significance upon something else:
“Better” is a relative term.
having meaning or significance only in relation to something else; not absolute: a relative value
(prenominal) (of a scientific quantity) being measured or stated relative to some other substance or measurement: relative humidity, relative density Compare absolute (sense 10)
(prenominal) comparative or respective: the relative qualities of speed and accuracy
(postpositive) foll by to. in proportion (to); corresponding (to): earnings relative to production
having reference (to); pertinent (to): matters not relative to the topic under discussion
(grammar) denoting or belonging to a class of words that function as subordinating conjunctions in introducing relative clauses. In English, relative pronouns and determiners include who, which, and that Compare demonstrative (sense 5), interrogative (sense 3)
(grammar) denoting or relating to a clause (relative clause) that modifies a noun or pronoun occurring earlier in the sentence
(of a musical key or scale) having the same key signature as another key or scale: C major is the relative major of A minor
a person who is related by blood or marriage; relation
a relative pronoun, clause, or grammatical construction
late 14c., “a relative pronoun,” from Old French relatif (13c.), from Late Latin relativus “having reference or relation,” from Latin relatus, past participle of referre “to refer” (see refer). Meaning “person in the same family” first recorded 1650s.
early 15c., “having reference,” from Middle French relatif and directly from Late Latin relativus (see relative (n.)). Meaning “compared to each other” is from 1590s; that of “depending on a relationship to something else” is from 1610s.
[non-rel-uh-ti-vis-tik, non-] /ˈnɒn rɛl ə tɪˈvɪs tɪk, ˌnɒn-/ noun, Physics. 1. a form of quantum mechanics that excludes effects and is approximately applicable to low-energy problems, as the structure of atoms and molecules.
[ri-lahy-uh-buh l] /rɪˈlaɪ ə bəl/ adjective 1. that may be on or trusted; dependable in achievement, accuracy, honesty, etc.: reliable information. /rɪˈlaɪəbəl/ adjective 1. able to be trusted; predictable or dependable adj. 1560s, raliabill, Scottish; see rely + -able. Not common before 1850; and sometimes execrated thereafter in Britain as an Americanism because it involves […]
[ri-lahy-uh ns] /rɪˈlaɪ əns/ noun 1. confident or trustful dependence. 2. . 3. something or someone on. /rɪˈlaɪəns/ noun 1. dependence, confidence, or trust 2. something or someone upon which one relies n. c.1600, from rely + -ance.
[ri-lij-uh s] /rɪˈlɪdʒ əs/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or concerned with : a religious holiday. 2. imbued with or exhibiting ; pious; devout; godly: a religious man. 3. scrupulously faithful; conscientious: religious care. 4. pertaining to or connected with a monastic or religious order. 5. appropriate to or to sacred rites or observances. noun, […]