1. [ adjective ] not absolute or complete

"a relative stranger"

Related terms: absolute comparative relational qualifying
2. [ noun ] a person related by blood or marriage
Synonyms: relation

"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
3. [ noun ] (biology) an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)
Synonyms: congenator congener
Related terms: life_form
4. [ adjective ] properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'
Synonyms: proportional

"punishment ought to be proportional to the crime" "earnings relative to production"

Related terms: proportionate
Similar spelling:   relatively