relative has definitions from the field of biology
1
[ adjective ] not absolute or complete

Examples

"a relative stranger"

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

`` Only a relative handful of such reports was received '' , the jury said , `` considering the widespread interest in the election , the number of voters and the size of_this city '' .

(Rocky Mountains News, [Denver, Colorado],...)

Willie 's big day revived the running argument about the relative merits of Mays and Mickey_Mantle .

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

The concept of unity , in which positive and negative are attributes of the same force , in which good and evil are relative , ever-changing , and always joined to the same phenomenon - such a concept is still reserved to the physical_sciences and to the few who have grasped the history of ideas .

(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)

Without comparing the relative merits of the two courses - architecture versus interior_design - let us examine the educational needs of the interior_designer .

(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)

The result of the observations is ( in ` K ) **f where the phase angle , �qt , is measured in degrees from new_moon and the probable errors include absolute as_well_as relative errors .

2
[ noun ] a person related by blood or marriage

Synonyms

relation

Examples

"police are searching for relatives of the deceased" "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

Extension of the ADC program to all children in need living with any relatives , including both parents , as a means of preserving family unity .

(William S. Haymond, "Is Distance an Original...)

Nor could he call_up memory-pictures of close friends or relatives .

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

Used in print

(B. J. D. Meeuse, The Story of Pollination....)

It is on them alone that the future of their race depends , for all their relatives ( mothers , husbands , brothers , and unmated sisters ) have perished with the arrival of the cold_weather .

Some members of the bee family have become idlers , social parasites that live at the expense of their hardworking relatives .

Related terms

life_form

4
[ adjective ] properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'

Synonyms

proportional

Examples

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

Used in print

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

If such is the case , the particles within a distance of about * * f km of the Earth will have , relative to the Earth , a kinetic_energy less than their potential_energy and they will be captured into orbits about the Earth .

Related terms

proportionate

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