- noting or pertaining to a word that introduces a subordinate clause of which it is, or is a part of, the subject or predicate and that refers to an expressed or implied element of the principal clause (the antecedent), as the relative pronoun who in He's the man who saw you or the relative adverb where in This is the house where she was born.
- noting or pertaining to a relative clause.
- relational database,
- relationship marketing,
- relative accommodation,
- relative aperture,
- relative atomic mass,
- relative bearing,
- relative clause
Origin of relative
Examples from the Web for relative
But relative to centuries past, America is a marvel of domestic tranquility.
Parents who want to transfer custody of a child to someone other than a relative must seek permission from a judge.
While traveling this holiday season, a relative and I were pulled over by a police officer.
Of course, this is The Comeback, and so "success" is a relative word.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards|Kevin Fallon|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One chemical test involves measuring the relative amount of deuterium in water.
Wherever there is a relative, there is a second proposition.A Handbook of the English Language|Robert Gordon Latham
Annabel loved to drag my poor master in flowery chains before his relative.Lazarre|Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Here we have the personal and relative side of a consecrated life of service.The Shepherd Psalm|William Evans
A missionary can't take time traipsin' round the country every time a relative gets a little down.The Man of the Desert|Grace Livingston Hill
I have a Relative who can spin you the story of anybody's life if you only tell him what number of shoe he wears.Sweethearts at Home|S. R. Crockett
Word Origin for relative
late 14c., "a relative pronoun," from Old French relatif (13c.), from Late Latin relativus "having reference or relation," from Latin relatus, past participle of referre "to refer" (see refer). Meaning "person in the same family" first recorded 1650s.
early 15c., "having reference," from Middle French relatif and directly from Late Latin relativus (see relative (n.)). Meaning "compared to each other" is from 1590s; that of "depending on a relationship to something else" is from 1610s.