- 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
Synonyms for relation
Antonyms for relation
- 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 relationa relation that necessarily holds between its relata, as 4 is greater than 2
- external relationa relation that does not so hold
Word Origin for relation
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.
in relation to
see relative to.
see poor relation; relative (in relation) to.