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related

[ri-ley-tid] /rɪˈleɪ tɪd/
adjective
1.
associated; connected.
2.
allied by nature, origin, kinship, marriage, etc.
3.
4.
Music. (of tones) belonging to a melodic or harmonic series, so as to be susceptible of close connection.
Origin of related
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; relate + -ed2
Related forms
relatedly, adverb
relatedness, noun
nonrelated, adjective
unrelated, adjective
Synonyms
1. relevant, affiliated. 2. linked, united, joined.
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  • One felt so helpless, and even worse—so unrelated, in a way.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • And the unrelated, inexpressive voice said: 'Give me your hand.'

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • Before we separated, he gave me a piece of unrelated observation.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • The lines of wall, floor and ceiling were strangely off proportion, zigzag, unrelated.

    Warm Robert Sheckley
  • But positivists are those who try to find the unrelated in the ward of a city.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
British Dictionary definitions for unrelated

unrelated

/ˌʌnrɪˈleɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
not connected or associated: an unrelated incident
2.
not connected by kinship or marriage

related

/rɪˈleɪtɪd/
adjective
1.
connected; associated
2.
connected by kinship or marriage
3.
(in diatonic music) denoting or relating to a key that has notes in common with another key or keys
Derived Forms
relatedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unrelated
adj.

1660s, "not akin," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of relate. Meaning "not in any relationship" is attested from 1660s; that of "not told" is from 1764.

related

adj.

"connected by blood or marriage," 1702, past participle adjective from relate (v.). Related: Relatedness.

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