- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM relative
How to use relative in a sentence
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
On Monday, Soelistyo had jolted relatives as well as searchers by suggesting that the plane could be “at the bottom of the sea.”
So, why would a species like the banded mongoose favor breeding between relatives?Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|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
A dish of toads of the largest and most repulsive variety used to be offered one by one to the big man's relatives and guests.
The mob of relatives and friends wrecked and burned the castle, massacring the retainers to a man.
One would have thought that half the dogs in the neighborhood had relatives coming from Columbia.A Lost Hero|Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
Afterward, accompanied by his relatives, he proceeded to the room where were placed the tablets in memory of his ancestors.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
He does not know yet that the larger estate a man leaves to his relatives the more useful his life has been.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd