relative

[ rel-uh-tiv ]
/ ˈrɛl ə tɪv /

noun

adjective


Nearby words

  1. relational,
  2. relational database,
  3. relations,
  4. relationship,
  5. relationship marketing,
  6. relative accommodation,
  7. relative aperture,
  8. relative atomic mass,
  9. relative bearing,
  10. relative clause

Origin of relative

1350–1400; Middle English relatif (noun) (< Middle French) < Late Latin relātīvus (adj.); see relate, -ive

Related forms

Usage note

11. See who.

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British Dictionary definitions for relative

relative

/ (ˈrɛlətɪv) /

adjective

noun

a person who is related by blood or marriage; relation
a relative pronoun, clause, or grammatical construction
Derived Formsrelativeness, noun

Word Origin for relative

C16: from Late Latin relātīvus referring

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