relationship has definitions from the field of sociology
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[ noun ] (sociology) a relation between people; (`relationship' is often used where `relation' would serve (as in "the relationship between inflation and unemployment")) preferred usage of `relationship' is for human relations

Examples

"the relationship between mothers and children"

Used in print

(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)

Thus , if we are to observe American folklore in the twentieth century , we will do_well to establish the relationships between folklore , nationalism and imperialism at the outset .

(Harry H. Hull, "The Normal Forces and Their Ther...)

There is a well-known relationship between probability and entropy which states that * * f , where \q is the probability that state ( i.e. , volume for an ideal_gas ) could be reached by chance alone .

(J. F. Vedder, "Micrometeorites", in Francis S. J...)

However , one must expect that vaporization and ejection of material by hypervelocity impacts would cause a deviation from a linear relationship .

Extrapolation of this relationship through the thirtieth magnitude covers the range of micrometeorites .

(LeRoy Fothergill, "Biological Warfare", in Peter...)

The relationship between particle size and infectious dose is illustrated in Table 1 .

Related terms

relation personal_relation

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[ noun ] a state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection)

Examples

"he didn't want his wife to know of the relationship"

Used in print

(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)

Yet many psychologists and marriage counselors agree that domination of the sex relationship by one partner or the other can be unhealthy and even dangerous .

`` When the roles of husband and wife are reversed , so that the wife becomes leader and the husband follower '' , Dr._Linden says , `` the effects on their whole relationship , sexual and otherwise , can be disastrous '' .

(U.S. Reports. Volume 364. Cases Adjudged in the...)

It is not a medieval mental quirk or an attitude `` unnourished by sense '' to believe that husbands and wives should not be subjected to such a risk , or that such a possibility should not be permitted to endanger the confidentiality of the marriage relationship .

By making inroads in the name of law_enforcement into the protection which Congress has afforded to the marriage relationship , the Court today continues in the path charted by the recent decision in Wyatt_v._United_States , 362_U._S._525 , where the Court held that , under_the_circumstances of that case , a wife could be compelled to testify against her husband over her objection .

One of these is the solidarity and the confidential relationship of marriage .

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[ noun ] a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries

Used in print

(John R. Sargent, "Where To Aim Your Planning for Bigger...)

How can you cash_in_on this fast-growing type of outlet and still maintain relationships with older existing outlets which are still important ?

(Kenneth Allsop, The Bootleggers and Their Era...)

This dinner was the start of a new blatancy in the relationship between the gangs and the politicians , which , prior to 1924 , says Pasley , `` had been maintained with more_or_less stealth '' , but which henceforth was marked by these ostentatious gatherings , denounced by a clergyman as `` Belshazzar feasts '' , at which `` politicians fraternized cheek_by_jowl with gangsters , openly , in the big downtown hotels '' .

(Barry Goldwater, "A Foreign Policy for America"...)

Still , these guesses about the outcome of the struggle cannot be as important as the actual power relationship between the Soviet_Union and ourselves .

(R. F. Shaw, "The `Private Eye`"...)

The curious relationship between Holmes and Scotland_Yard provides an important clue to the deeper significance of his eccentric behavior .

(Kenneth Reiner, "Coping with Runaway Technology"...)

Strikes threatening the security of the proprietorship , if internally motivated , prevent a healthy relationship .

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[ noun ] state of relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption
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