- an existing connection; a significant association between or among things: the relation between cause and effect.
- the various connections between peoples, countries, etc.: foreign relations.
- the various connections in which persons are brought together: business and social relations.
- sexual intercourse.
- the mode or kind of connection between one person and another, between an individual and God, etc.
- connection between persons by blood or marriage.
- a person who is related by blood or marriage; relative: his wife's relations.
- the act of relating, narrating, or telling; narration.
- Law. a principle whereby effect is given to an act done at one time as if it had been done at a previous time.
- a property that associates two quantities in a definite order, as equality or inequality.
- a single- or multiple-valued function.
- in/with relation to, with reference to; concerning: It's best to plan with relation to anticipated changes in one's earnings.
Origin of relation
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Examples from the Web for relation
Kim Kardashian Breaks the InternetTalking about butts in relation to Kim Kardashian had become tired.Year of the Butt: How the Booty Changed the World in 2014
December 30, 2014
It was now almost impossible to speak of individual divisions in relation to these actions, but only of corps.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
Our ability to feel seen is truly dependent on being in relation to someone else.Why You’re Happily Married and Having an Affair
November 2, 2014
Tom Davis (no relation to Wendy) is very clear in his perspective on this.A Christian Case for Abortion Rights?
September 9, 2014
Dr. Greenberg also indicates that the frequency of splurges can change depending on where you are in relation to your goal.When Is It OK to Cheat? The Pros and Cons of Cheat Days
July 14, 2014
Who would not be proud of such a relation as Miss Clarissa Harlowe?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Mr. Gladstone dwells much on the relation of Homer to Christianity.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
To my mind the two have no more than the relation of the words of a song and the music of its setting.
In relation to her and her people he seemed to himself a man of power and influence.Weighed and Wanting
I revert, then, to my statement that God's relation to punishment is chiefly verbal.
- the state or condition of being related or the manner in which things are related
- connection by blood or marriage; kinship
- a person who is connected by blood or marriage; relative; kinsman
- reference or regard (esp in the phrase in or with relation to)
- the position, association, connection, or status of one person or thing with regard to another or others
- the act of relating or narrating
- an account or narrative
- law the principle by which an act done at one time is regarded in law as having been done antecedently
- law the statement of grounds of complaint made by a relator
- logic maths
- 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 and History 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.
- A logical or natural association between two or more things; relevance of one to another; connection.
- The connection of people by blood or marriage; kinship.
- A person connected to another by blood or marriage; a relative.
- The positional relationship of the teeth or other structures in the mouth.
Idioms and Phrases with relation
see poor relation; relative (in relation) to.