- 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 relatives
So where does this leave the millions of Palestinians—like my relatives—who dream of self-determination and a sovereign state?In the Middle East, the Two-State Solution Is Dead|Dean Obeidallah|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That is why I visited my relatives in Iran in 2011, when I was unjustly arrested and charged with espionage.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike|IranWire|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He called for the homes of their families to be leveled “to the ground” and their relatives to be exiled from Chechnya.Putin’s Favorite Acolyte Terrorizes Human Rights Activists|Anna Nemtsova|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They began exchanging letters and she developed a relationship with his relatives on the outside.
The government should be asking the relatives of Alan Turing to pardon them for treating him so appallingly!Charles Dance on Tywin Lannister’s S5 Return, A ‘Game of Thrones’ Movie,’ and Sexy Peter Dinklage|Marlow Stern|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Many women and children were crying because they had been separated from relatives and friends.
With a band of relatives he invaded the convent, but neither abuse nor blows could subdue this child of fourteen.Life of St. Francis of Assisi|Paul Sabatier
Then the relatives discuss the affair, each side exaggerating its own view of the question.The Manbos of Mindano|John M. Garvan
Whitney found the workings of his companion's mind more interesting than the particulars about his relatives.Johnstone of the Border|Harold Bindloss
He answered, "I wish you would tell me whether I have any parents living and who my relatives are."
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.