from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having pertinence or relevance; connected or related.
- adj. Considered in comparison with something else: the relative quiet of the suburbs.
- adj. Dependent on or interconnected with something else; not absolute. See Synonyms at dependent.
- adj. Grammar Referring to or qualifying an antecedent, as the pronoun who in the man who was on TV or that in the dictionary that I use.
- adj. Music Having the same key signature. Used of major and minor scales and keys: A minor is the relative minor of C major.
- n. One related by kinship, common origin, or marriage.
- n. Something having a relation or connection to something else.
- n. Grammar A relative pronoun.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Relevant; pertinent; related.
- adj. Connected to or depending on something else; not absolute; comparative.
- adj. That relates to an antecedent.
- adj. Having the same key but differing in being major or minor.
- adj. Expressed in relation to another item, rather than in complete form.
- n. Someone in the same family; someone connected by blood, marriage, or adoption.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having relation or reference; referring; respecting; standing in connection; pertaining.
- adj. Arising from relation; resulting from connection with, or reference to, something else; not absolute.
- adj. Indicating or expressing relation; refering to an antecedent.
- adj. 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.
- n. A person connected by blood or affinity; strictly, one allied by blood; a relation; a kinsman or kinswoman.
- n. A relative pronoun; a word which relates to, or represents, another word or phrase, called its antecedent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having relation to or bearing on something; close in connection; pertinent; relevant; to the purpose.
- Not absolute or existing by itself; considered as belonging to or respecting something else; depending on or incident to relation.
- In grammar, referring to an antecedent; introducing a dependent clause that defines or describes or modifies something else in the sentence that is called the antecedent (because it usually, though by no means always, precedes the relative): thus, he who runs may read; he lay on the spot where he fell.
- Not intelligible except in connection with something else; signifying a relation, without stating what the correlate is: thus, father, better, west, etc., are relative terms.
- In music, having a close melodic or harmonic relation.
- Same as specific gravity (which see. under gravity).
- n. Something considered in its relation to something else; one of two things having a certain relation.
- n. A person connected by blood or affinity; especially, one allied by blood; a kinsman or kinswoman; a relation.
- n. In grammar, a relative word; a relative pronoun or adverb. See I., 3.
- n. In logic, a relative term.
- n. Synonyms Connection, etc. See relation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)
- adj. properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'
- n. a person related by blood or marriage
- adj. estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete
Middle English, from Old French relatif, from Late Latin relātīvus, from Latin relātus, past participle of referre, to relate; see relate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin relativus, from relatus, perfect passive participle of referre ("to carry back, to ascribe"), from re- ("again") + ferre ("to bear or carry") (Wiktionary)