[ ri-ley-shuh-nl ]
/ rɪˈleɪ ʃə nl /


of or relating to relations.
indicating or specifying some relation.
Grammar. serving to indicate relations between various elements in a sentence, as prepositions, conjunctions, etc.Compare notional(def 6).

Origin of relational

First recorded in 1655–65; relation + -al1

Related forms

non·re·la·tion·al, adjectiveun·re·la·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for relational


/ (rɪˈleɪʃənəl) /


grammar indicating or expressing syntactic relation, as for example the case endings in Latin
having relation or being related
computing based on data stored in a tabular forma relational database
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