[ adverb ] in a relative manner; by comparison to something else




"the situation is relatively calm now"

Used in print

(The Dallas Morning News,...)

The volume of ADC cases will decrease , Martin reported , when the community is able to deal effectively with two problems : Relatively limited skills and discrimination in employment because of color .

(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

But the firm has recognized the tight dollar and the tourist 's desire to visit the `` smaller , less traveled and relatively inexpensive countries '' , and is now prepared to teach modern_Greek and Portuguese through recordings .


It is , in_fact , a relatively mild chastisement of the dead .

(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)

One of the ironies of the present crusade for Christian unity is that there are not , relatively speaking , many real Christians to unite .

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

In the relatively short time since these early observations , Venus has been observed at additional wave_lengths in the range from 0.8 to 10.2 cm , and Jupiter has been observed over the wave-length range from 3.03 to 68 cm .