relative

[ rel-uh-tiv ]
/ ˈrɛl ə tɪv /

noun

adjective

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 to

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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Idioms and Phrases with relative to

relative to


Correspondent or proportionate to, as in Relative to its size, Boston has a great many universities, or It's important to get all the facts relative to the collision. Another form of this idiom is in or with relation to, meaning “in reference or with regard to,” as in Demand is high in relation to supply, or That argument changes nothing with relation to our plans for hiring workers. The usages with relative date from the second half of the 1700s, those with relation from the late 1500s.

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