- 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.
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It’s not uncommon for a cheaper goalie — relative both to his backup and the rest of the league — to catch fire in the playoffs.An Expensive Goalie Is Not Your Ticket To The Stanley Cup|Julian McKenzie|September 9, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Antetokounmpo currently leads the playoffs in total defensive rebounds and overall rebounds, so his lack of minutes relative to other stars has not hampered his total production on defense, either.
When winds were strongly blowing from the south, and there was less sea ice, the relative amount of oxygen-18 increased.Bering Sea winter ice shrank to its lowest level in 5,500 years in 2018|Carolyn Gramling|September 3, 2020|Science News
As aerosol pollution from vehicles has declined, the relative contribution from other sources has grown.
If anything, the crampers started a little bit slower relative to their lab-measured fitness.
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
Her son peeked out the window and told me his mother had left Havana for La Lisa to visit a dying relative.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But I suppose, as he is my nearest relative, it is but natural he should be anxious about my health.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
This had been quite genuine, for the Professor had been fond of his relative, who had always been very good to him.Uncanny Tales|Various
The relative quantity of labor embodied in each object is the basis of its value.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
It is evident that an absolute increase of any variety may be accompanied by a relative decrease.
An increase in actual number is an absolute increase; an increase in percentage only, a relative increase.