from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Related; corresponding.
  • adjective Grammar Indicating a reciprocal or complementary relationship.
  • noun Either of two correlative entities; a correlate.
  • noun Grammar A correlative word or expression.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Being in correlation; reciprocally related or connected; interdependent; mutually implied.
  • In grammar, having a mutual relation; answering to or complementing one another.
  • noun Either of two terms or things which are reciprocally related; a correlate. Careful writers distinguish the terms as correlatives, the things as correlates. In the medieval Latin, which has greatly influenced English terminology, this distinction is constantly maintained.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, stands in a reciprocal relation, or is correlated, to some other person or thing.
  • noun (Gram.) The antecedent of a pronoun.
  • adjective Having or indicating a reciprocal relation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective mutually related; corresponding
  • noun Either of two correlative things.
  • noun grammar A pro-form; a non-personal pronominal, proadjectival, or proadverbal form, in Esperanto regularly formed, indicating 'which?', 'that', 'some', 'none', and 'every', as applied to people, things, type, place, manner, reason, time, or quantity, as: kiu ‘who’ (which person?), iu ‘someone’ (some person), tie ‘there’ (that place), ĉie ‘everywhere’ (all places), etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective mutually related
  • adjective expressing a reciprocal or complementary relation
  • noun either of two or more related or complementary variables


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  • A head will be more accurately defined as the correlative of that which is 'headed', than as that of an animal, for the animal does not have a head qua animal, since many animals have no head.

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  • Similarly, if the attribute 'winged' be withdrawn from 'the bird', 'the wing' will no longer be relative; for if the so-called correlative is not winged, it follows that 'the wing' has no correlative.

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    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation Hugo de Vries 1891

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  • : -- Assuredly I escape; for if truth and knowledge are terms correlative and interdependent, as I maintain they are, then wherever knowledge is conceivable truth is conceivable, wherever knowledge is possible truth is possible, wherever knowledge is actual truth is actual.

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