associated; connected.
allied by nature, origin, kinship, marriage, etc.
Music. (of tones) belonging to a melodic or harmonic series, so as to be susceptible of close connection.

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 for related

1. relevant, affiliated. 2. linked, united, joined. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unrelated

Contemporary Examples of unrelated

Historical Examples of unrelated

  • 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.


    Joseph Conrad

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


    Robert Sheckley

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

British Dictionary definitions for unrelated



not connected or associatedan unrelated incident
not connected by kinship or marriage



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

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.



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

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