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Definition of "relation" []

  • A logical or natural association between two or more things; relevance of one to another; connection: the relation between smoking and heart disease. (noun)
  • The connection of people by blood or marriage; kinship. (noun)
  • A person connected to another by blood or marriage; a relative. (noun)
  • The way in which one person or thing is connected with another: the relation of parent to child. (noun)
  • The mutual dealings or connections of persons, groups, or nations in social, business, or diplomatic matters: international relations. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "relation" in a sentence
  • "There is a subtle relation between character and conditions, and it is this _relation_ that determines Fate."
  • "The reference of my correspondent to disprove the _relation_, is a part of what Jesus has prescribed on this subject to _regulate_ the _duties_ of the relation, and is itself proof that the relation existed -- that its legality was recognized -- and its duties prescribed by the Son of God through the Holy Ghost given to the apostles."
  • "In relation to a number of scriptures which you have quoted, seemingly with a design to illustrate the foregoing subject, I can only say, that if any or all those passages relate at all to the subject, _that relation_ is out of my sight."