|1.||[ adjective ] not absolute or complete|
"a relative stranger"
|Related terms:||absolute comparative relational qualifying|
|2.||[ 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|
|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)|
|4.||[ adjective ] properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'|
"punishment ought to be proportional to the crime" "earnings relative to production"