- 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.
Origin of relative
Related Words for relativeanalogous, corresponding, related, proportionate, father, sibling, mother, cousin, folk, uncle, niece, aunt, dependent, parallel, reciprocal, contingent, agnate, cognate, connection, blood
Examples from the Web for relative
Contemporary Examples of relative
But relative to centuries past, America is a marvel of domestic tranquility.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
Parents who want to transfer custody of a child to someone other than a relative must seek permission from a judge.Judge: Rehoming Kids Is Trafficking
December 30, 2014
While traveling this holiday season, a relative and I were pulled over by a police officer.Obama Is Right on Race. The Media Is Wrong.
December 29, 2014
Of course, this is The Comeback, and so "success" is a relative word.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards
December 29, 2014
One chemical test involves measuring the relative amount of deuterium in water.Are Comets the Origin of Earth’s Oceans?
Matthew R. Francis
December 14, 2014
Historical Examples of relative
To her, the relative importance of the farm to Billy was as simple as a problem in addition.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
I might be said to be without a friend, or relative, in the world.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
This proprietor was a man of great opulence, and a relative of Naomi.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
"My relative believes that Mr. Harkless is still alive," said Meredith.The Gentleman From Indiana
He was another friend, and even a relative, of the "illustrious master."My Double Life
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.