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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.


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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