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Definition of "relative" []

  • Having pertinence or relevance; connected or related. (adjective)
  • Considered in comparison with something else: the relative quiet of the suburbs. (adjective)
  • Dependent on or interconnected with something else; not absolute. See Synonyms at dependent. (adjective)
  • Grammar Referring to or qualifying an antecedent, as the pronoun who in the man who was on TV or that in the dictionary that I use. (adjective)
  • Music Having the same key signature. Used of major and minor scales and keys: A minor is the relative minor of C major. (adjective)

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 "relative" in a sentence
  • "T.e philosopher P.T. Geach first broached the subject of relative identity and introduced the phrase ˜relative identity™."
  • "And, indeed, so long as relative age only is spoken of, correspondence in succession _is_ correspondence in age; it is _relative_ contemporaneity."
  • "_relative_ rarity of the main varieties of each stamp at least; and it is this relative rarity that we are after in order to approximate the original supplies of the main varieties."