in law, "a recession of the sea from the land," 1670s, from Latin relictionem (nominative relictio), noun of action from past participle stem of relinquere (see relinquish).

Nearby words

  1. reliantly,
  2. relic,
  3. relic area,
  4. relics,
  5. relict,
  6. relief,
  7. relief map,
  8. relief pitcher,
  9. relief valve,
  10. reliefer

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