- 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.
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Contemporary Examples of relations
But the question is, could a thawing of relations result in a return to the mobbed-up action of yesteryear?
Since when has there been anything normal about the relations between the U.S.and Cuba?
Relations between Israel and the Palestinians were already at a low point.After the Israel Synagogue Massacre: A New Intifada?
November 19, 2014
In fact, a few years ago I was awarded the "Courage in Media" award from the Council on American Islamic Relations.How Aasif Mandvi Became Jon Stewart’s Favorite Jihadi
November 16, 2014
Also, we can only talk about the Taliban in our area, and our relations were good.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
Historical Examples of relations
It would have interfered with her relations with Austin, which were beginning to be exciting.Viviette
William J. Locke
Yet is incensed against her for preferring her own relations to him.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Besides, he did not care to establish any relations with the people in the house.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He also put his own son Crispus to death, and other relations as well.The Non-Christian Cross
John Denham Parsons
Byron was a symbolic figure, but his relations were to the passion of his age and its weariness of passion.De Profundis
- 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.