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English noun: relationship

1. relationship a relation between people; (`relationship' is often used where `relation' would serve, as in `the relationship between inflation and unemployment', but the preferred usage of `relationship' is for human relations or states of relatedness)


SamplesThe relationship between mothers and their children.


Synonymshuman relationship


Broader (hypernym)relation


Narrower (hyponym)partnership, personal relation, personal relationship

2. relationship (state) a state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection)


SamplesHe didn't want his wife to know of the relationship.


Broader (hypernym)state


Narrower (hyponym)anaclisis, love affair, romance, sexual relationship

3. relationship (state) a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries


Broader (hypernym)state


Narrower (hyponym)account, acquaintance, acquaintanceship, affiliation, assimilation, association, business relationship, friendly relationship, friendship, membership, subjection, subjugation, tie, tie-up

4. relationship (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption


Synonymsfamily relationship, kinship


Broader (hypernym)relation


Narrower (hyponym)affinity, affinity, birth, blood kinship, brotherhood, cognation, consanguinity, descent, fatherhood, filiation, line of descent, lineage, marital bed, marital relationship, maternity, motherhood, parentage, paternity, phylogenetic relation, sisterhood, sistership


Domain categoryanthropology









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