- 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
Related Words for relationrelationship, alliance, similarity, affiliation, kindred, propinquity, consanguinity, relative, sibling, liaison, affinity, kin, association, kinship
Examples from the Web for relation
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of relation
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
In relation to her and her people he seemed to himself a man of power and influence.Weighed and Wanting
To my mind the two have no more than the relation of the words of a song and the music of its setting.
I revert, then, to my statement that God's relation to punishment is chiefly verbal.
- 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.
see poor relation; relative (in relation) to.