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English noun: relation

1. relation an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together


Broader (hypernym)abstract entity, abstraction


Narrower (hyponym)affinity, association, business relation, causality, change, comparison, component, component part, connectedness, connection, connexion, constituent, control, family relationship, foundation, function, human relationship, interrelatedness, interrelation, interrelationship, kinship, kinship, linguistic relation, logical relation, magnitude relation, mathematical relation, oppositeness, opposition, ownership, part, portion, position, possession, quantitative relation, reciprocality, reciprocity, relationship, relationship, social relation, spatial relation, temporal relation, unconnectedness

2. relation (act) the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur


Synonymscarnal knowledge, coition, coitus, congress, copulation, intercourse, sex act, sexual congress, sexual intercourse, sexual relation


Broader (hypernym)sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice


Narrower (hyponym)ass, criminal congress, defloration, fuck, fucking, hank panky, nookie, nooky, penetration, piece of ass, piece of tail, roll in the hay, screw, screwing, shag, shtup, unlawful carnal knowledge


Part holonyminsemination

3. relation (person) a person related by blood or marriage


SamplesPolice are searching for relatives of the deceased.
He has distant relations back in New Jersey.


Synonymsrelative


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul


Narrower (hyponym)agnate, ancestor, antecedent, ascendant, ascendent, better half, blood relation, blood relative, cognate, cousin, cousin-german, descendant, descendent, enate, family, first cousin, full cousin, in-law, issue, kin, kinsman, kinsperson, kinswoman, kissing cousin, kissing kin, married person, mate, matrikin, matrilineal kin, matrilineal sib, matrisib, next of kin, offspring, partner, patrikin, patrilineal kin, patrilineal sib, patrisib, progeny, relative-in-law, root, second cousin, sib, sib, sibling, spouse


Member meronymclan, kin, kin group, kindred, kinship group, tribe

4. relation (communication) an act of narration


SamplesHe was the hero according to his own relation.
His endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable.


Synonymsrecounting, telling


Broader (hypernym)narration, recital, yarn

5. relation (cognition) (law) the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time


SamplesHis attorney argued for the relation back of the amended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed.


Synonymsrelation back


Broader (hypernym)judicial doctrine, judicial principle, legal principle


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

6. relation (act) (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups


SamplesInternational relations.


Broader (hypernym)dealings, traffic


Domain usageplural, plural form









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