2. Indicating or specifying some relation.
Relational words, as prepositions, auxiliaries, etc.R. Morris.
(Re*la"tion*ist), n. A relative; a relation. [Obs.]
(Re*la"tion*ship), n. The state of being related by kindred, affinity, or other alliance. Mason.
(Rel"a*tive) a. [F. relatif, L. relativus. See Relate.]
1. Having relation or reference; referring; respecting; standing in connection; pertaining; as, arguments not
relative to the subject.
I'll have groundsShak.
More relative than this.
2. Arising from relation; resulting from connection with, or reference to, something else; not absolute.
Every thing sustains both an absolute and a relative capacity: an absolute, as it is such a thing, endued
with such a nature; and a relative, as it is a part of the universe, and so stands in such a relations to the
3. (Gram.) Indicating or expressing relation; refering to an antecedent; as, a relative pronoun.
4. (Mus.) Characterizing or pertaining to chords and keys, which, by reason of the identify of some of
their tones, admit of a natural transition from one to the other. Moore
Relative clause (Gram.), a clause introduced by a relative pronoun. Relative term, a term which
implies relation to, as guardian to ward, matter to servant, husband to wife. Cf. Correlative.
(Rel"a*tive), n. One who, or that which, relates to, or is considered in its relation to, something
else; a relative object or term; one of two object or term; one of two objects directly connected by any
relation. Specifically: (a) A person connected by blood or affinity; strictly, one allied by blood; a relation; a
kinsman or kinswoman. "Confining our care . . . to ourselves and relatives." Bp. Fell. (b) (Gram.) A
relative pronoun; a word which relates to, or represents, another word or phrase, called its antecedent; as,
the relatives "who", "which", "that".
(Rel"a*tive*ly), adv. In a relative manner; in relation or respect to something else; not absolutely.
Consider the absolute affections of any being as it is in itself, before you consider it relatively.I. Watts.
(Rel"a*tive*ness), n. The state of being relative, or having relation; relativity.
(Rel`a*tiv"i*ty) n. The state of being relative; as, the relativity of a subject. Coleridge.
(Re*lat"or) n. [ L.: cf. F. relateur. See Relate.]
1. One who relates; a relater. "The several relators of this history." Fuller.
2. (Law) A private person at whose relation, or in whose behalf, the attorney-general allows an information
in the nature of a quo warranto to be filed.
(Re*lat"rix) n. [L.] (Law) A female relator.
(Re*lax") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Relaxed (-l?kst"); p. pr. & vb. n. Relaxing.] [L. relaxare; pref. re-
re- + laxare to loose, to slacken, from laxus loose. See Lax, and cf. Relay, n., Release.]