relative

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From Latin relativus, from relatus, perfect passive participle of referre (to carry back, to ascribe), from re- (again) + ferre (to bear or carry)

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relative (not comparable)

  1. Connected to or depending on something else; comparative.
    • 2012 May 5, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool”, BBC Sport:
      For Liverpool, their season will now be regarded as a relative disappointment after failure to add the FA Cup to the Carling Cup and not mounting a challenge to reach the Champions League places.
  2. (computing, of a URL, URI, path, or similar) Expressed in relation to another item, rather than in complete form.
    The relative URL /images/pic.jpg, when evaluated in the context of http://example.com/docs/pic.html, corresponds to the absolute URL http://example.com/images/pic.jpg.
  3. (grammar) That relates to an antecedent.
  4. (music) Having the same key but differing in being major or minor.
  5. Relevant; pertinent; related.
    relative to your earlier point about taxes, ...
  6. Capable to be changed by other beings or circumstance; conditional.

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relative (plural relatives)

  1. Someone in the same family; someone connected by blood, marriage, or adoption.
    Why do my relatives always talk about sex?
  2. (linguistics) A type of adjective that inflects like a relative clause, rather than a true adjective, in certain Bantu languages.

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Danish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

relative

  1. definite and plural of relativ

Esperanto[edit]

Adverb[edit]

relative

  1. relatively

French[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

relative

  1. feminine form of relatif

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German[edit]

Adjective[edit]

relative

  1. inflected form of relativ

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

relative

  1. feminine plural of relativo

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

relātīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of relātīvus

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Adjective[edit]

relative

  1. definite singular of relativ
  2. plural form of relativ

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Adjective[edit]

relative

  1. definite singular of relativ
  2. plural form of relativ

Swedish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

relative

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of relativ.