Rel·a·tive, n. One who, or that which, relates to, or is considered in its relation to, something else; a relative object or term; one of two object or term; one of two objects directly connected by any relation. Specifically: (a) A person connected by blood or affinity; strictly, one allied by blood; a relation; a kinsman or kinswoman. “Confining our care . . . to ourselves and relatives.” --Bp. Fell. (b) Gram. A relative pronoun; a word which relates to, or represents, another word or phrase, called its antecedent; as, the relatives “who”, “which”, “that”.
1. Having relation or reference; referring; respecting; standing in connection; pertaining; as, arguments not relative to the subject.
I'll have grounds
More relative than this. --Shak.
2. Arising from relation; resulting from connection with, or reference to, something else; not absolute.
Every thing sustains both an absolute and a relative capacity: an absolute, as it is such a thing, endued with such a nature; and a relative, as it is a part of the universe, and so stands in such a relations to the whole. --South.
3. Gram. Indicating or expressing relation; refering to an antecedent; as, a relative pronoun.
4. Mus. Characterizing or pertaining to chords and keys, which, by reason of the identify of some of their tones, admit of a natural transition from one to the other.
Relative clause Gram., a clause introduced by a relative pronoun.
Relative term, a term which implies relation to, as guardian to ward, matter to servant, husband to wife. Cf. Correlative.
adj 1: not absolute or complete; "a relative stranger" [ant: absolute]
2: properly related in size or degree or other measurable
characteristics; usually followed by `to'; "punishment
oughtt to be proportional to the crime"; "earnings
relative to production" [syn: proportional]
n 1: a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching
for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant
relations back in New Jersey" [syn: relation]
2: an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as
related by common descent or by membership in the same
genus) [syn: congener, congenator]