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related

[ri-ley-tid]
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adjective
  1. associated; connected.
  2. allied by nature, origin, kinship, marriage, etc.
  3. narrated.
  4. Music. (of tones) belonging to a melodic or harmonic series, so as to be susceptible of close connection.
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Origin of related

First recorded in 1595–1605; relate + -ed2
Related formsre·lat·ed·ly, adverbre·lat·ed·ness, nounnon·re·lat·ed, adjectiveun·re·lat·ed, adjective

Synonyms

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1. relevant, affiliated. 2. linked, united, joined.
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Related Words

unconnectedirrelevantextraneousinappropriatedissimilarinapplicableseparateunattachedunlikeirrelativeunassociated

Examples from the Web for unrelated

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Historical Examples

  • One felt so helpless, and even worse—so unrelated, in a way.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • And the unrelated, inexpressive voice said: 'Give me your hand.'

    Tales Of Hearsay

    Joseph Conrad

  • Before we separated, he gave me a piece of unrelated observation.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad

  • The lines of wall, floor and ceiling were strangely off proportion, zigzag, unrelated.

    Warm

    Robert Sheckley

  • But positivists are those who try to find the unrelated in the ward of a city.


British Dictionary definitions for unrelated

unrelated

adjective
  1. not connected or associatedan unrelated incident
  2. not connected by kinship or marriage
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related

adjective
  1. connected; associated
  2. connected by kinship or marriage
  3. (in diatonic music) denoting or relating to a key that has notes in common with another key or keys
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Derived Formsrelatedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unrelated

adj.

1660s, "not akin," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of relate. Meaning "not in any relationship" is attested from 1660s; that of "not told" is from 1764.

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related

adj.

"connected by blood or marriage," 1702, past participle adjective from relate (v.). Related: Relatedness.

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