from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Related; corresponding.
  • adj. Grammar Indicating a reciprocal or complementary relationship: a correlative conjunction.
  • n. Either of two correlative entities; a correlate.
  • n. Grammar A correlative word or expression.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. mutually related; corresponding
  • n. Either of two correlative things.
  • n. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having or indicating a reciprocal relation.
  • n. One who, or that which, stands in a reciprocal relation, or is correlated, to some other person or thing.
  • n. The antecedent of a pronoun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Being in correlation; reciprocally related or connected; interdependent; mutually implied.
  • In grammar, having a mutual relation; answering to or complementing one another.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. mutually related
  • adj. expressing a reciprocal or complementary relation
  • n. either of two or more related or complementary variables


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  • Mystery signifies the hidden truth, veiled under this symbol, and now revealed; its correlative is revelation.

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  • These so called correlative constitutional rights include the right to a maximally safeguarded electoral system that provides the greatest protection against even the opportunity for tampering and the right to know that one's vote was fairly counted as cast.

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  • A head will be more accurately defined as the correlative of that which is


  • 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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  • The mutually related peculiarities may be termed correlative, and we therefore speak, in such cases, of correlative variability.

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  • And to endeavour to conceive a reality which no one knows, is to assert a relative term without its correlative, which is absurd; it is to posit an ideal which is opposed to nothing actual.

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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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  • For the word 'slave' is what logicians call the correlative of this word

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  • ‘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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