verb (used with object), rel·a·tiv·ized, rel·a·tiv·iz·ing.

to regard as or make relative.

Also especially British, rel·a·tiv·ise.

Origin of relativize

First recorded in 1930–35; relative + -ize
Related formsrel·a·tiv·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for relativize

Contemporary Examples of relativize

  • The full idiocy of conspiricism at its dreariest has thus been summoned to relativize the crime and, in so doing, deny it.

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    Naming Europe’s New Anti-Semitism

    Bernard-Henri Lévy

    June 10, 2014

British Dictionary definitions for relativize




to make or become relative
(tr) to apply the theory of relativity to
Derived Formsrelativization or relativisation, noun
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