|1.||[ noun ] an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together|
|Related terms:||abstraction part change relationship control connection comparison position foundation interrelation ownership opposition affinity kinship social_relation magnitude_relation business_relation mathematical_relation temporal_relation reciprocality logical_relation unconnectedness function causality association linguistic_relation relate|
|2.||[ noun ] (biology,sexuality) 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|
|Synonyms:||sex_act sexual_relation copulation coitus intercourse sexual_congress congress coition carnal_knowledge sexual_intercourse|
|Related terms:||sexual_activity penetration hank_panky fuck unlawful_carnal_knowledge defloration insemination copulate|
|3.||[ noun ] an act of narration|
"he was the hero according to his own relation" "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"
|Related terms:||narration tell|
|4.||[ noun ] a person related by blood or marriage|
"police are searching for relatives of the deceased" "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"
|Related terms:||person spouse cousin offspring kin ancestor descendant second_cousin blood_relation sibling kinsman agnate enate kissing_cousin kinswoman next_of_kin in-law kin|
|5.||[ noun ] (law) the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time|
"his attorney argued for the relation back of the ammended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed"
|Related terms:||legal_principle law|
|6.||[ noun ] (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups|
: "international relations"
|Related terms:||dealings plural|