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English adjective: relative

1. relative estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete

SamplesA relative stranger.




2. relative properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'

SamplesThe punishment ought to be proportional to the crime.
Earnings relative to production.



Antonymsdisproportional, disproportionate

English noun: relative

1. relative (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

2. relative (animal) an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)

Synonymscongenator, congener, congeneric

Broader (hypernym)being, organism

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