Relative

Definition of Relative

Rel´a`tive   Pronunciation: r?l´?-t?v
a.1.Having relation or reference; referring; respecting; standing in connection; pertaining; as, arguments not relative to the subject.
I'll have grounds
More relative than this.
- Shak.
2.Arising from relation; resulting from connection with, or reference to, something else; not absolute.
Every thing sustains both an absolute and a relative capacity: an absolute, as it is such a thing, endued with such a nature; and a relative, as it is a part of the universe, and so stands in such a relations to the whole.
- South.
3.(Gram.) Indicating or expressing relation; refering to an antecedent; as, a relative pronoun.
4.(Mus.) Characterizing or pertaining to chords and keys, which, by reason of the identify of some of their tones, admit of a natural transition from one to the other.
Relative clause
(Gram.) a clause introduced by a relative pronoun.
Relative term
a term which implies relation to, as guardian to ward, matter to servant, husband to wife. Cf. Correlative.
n.1.(Gram.) One who, or that which, relates to, or is considered in its relation to, something else; a relative object or term; one of two object or term; one of two objects directly connected by any relation.

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