- 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 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
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
- social, political, or personal connections or dealings between or among individuals, groups, nations, etcto enjoy good relations
- family or relatives
- euphemistic sexual intercourse
- 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 relations
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 relations
see poor relation; relative (in relation) to.