a relation between any two entities such that if they had not been in this relation to each other, the nature of each would not necessarily have been different.
- Compare internal relation.
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How to use external relation in a sentence
And to call it an external relation makes no practical difference if it is universal and uniform.Essays in Experimental Logic | John Dewey
It interprets this mutual dependence as a purely external relation.Introduction to the Science of Sociology | Robert E. Park
Innate ideas he conceives as bearing a purely external relation to mind.
There is a purely external relation existing between sensation and the understanding.
Activities are qualities which, like all qualities, are in external relation to the substance.