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

1350–1400; Middle English relacion < Latin relātiōn- (stem of relātiō). See relate, -ion
Related formsre·la·tion·less, adjectivenon·re·la·tion, nounpre·re·la·tion, nounsub·re·la·tion, noun

Synonyms for relation

Antonyms for relation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for relation

Contemporary Examples of relation

Historical Examples of relation

  • Who would not be proud of such a relation as Miss Clarissa Harlowe?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • 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

    George MacDonald

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for relation



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
  1. an association between ordered pairs of objects, numbers, etc, such as … is greater than …
  2. the set of ordered pairs whose members have such an association
  1. internal relationa relation that necessarily holds between its relata, as 4 is greater than 2
  2. external relationa relation that does not so hold
See also relations

Word Origin for relation

C14: from Latin relātiō a narration, a relation (between philosophical concepts)
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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.

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relation in Medicine




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.
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Idioms and Phrases with relation


see poor relation; relative (in relation) to.

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