- the various connections between peoples, countries, etc.: foreign relations.
- the various connections in which persons are brought together: business and social relations.
- sexual intercourse.
- a property that associates two quantities in a definite order, as equality or inequality.
- a single- or multiple-valued function.
Origin of relation
British Dictionary definitions for in relation to
- an association between ordered pairs of objects, numbers, etc, such as … is greater than …
- the set of ordered pairs whose members have such an association
- internal relation a relation that necessarily holds between its relata, as 4 is greater than 2
- external relation a relation that does not so hold
Word Origin for relation
Word Origin and History for in relation to
late 14c., "connection, correspondence;" also "act of telling," from Anglo-French relacioun, Old French relacion "report, connection" (14c.), from Latin relationem (nominative relatio) "a bringing back, restoring; a report, proposition," from relatus (see relate). Meaning "person related by blood or marriage" first attested c.1500. Stand-alone phrase no relation "not in the same family" is attested by 1930.
Medicine definitions for in relation to
Idioms and Phrases with in relation to (1 of 2)
in relation to
see relative to.
Idioms and Phrases with in relation to (2 of 2)
see poor relation; relative (in relation) to.