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    relative - Dictionary definition and meaning for word relative

    (noun) a person related by blood or marriage
    Synonyms : relation
    Example Sentence
    • police are searching for relatives of the deceased
    • he has distant relations back in New Jersey
    (noun) 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 , congeneric
    (adj) estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete
    Synonyms : comparative
    Example Sentence
    • a relative stranger
    (adj) properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'
    Synonyms : proportional
    Example Sentence
    • the punishment ought to be proportional to the crime
    • earnings relative to production
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