- 1The way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected; a thing’s effect on or relevance to another: questions about the relation between writing and reality the size of the targets bore no relation to their importanceMore example sentences
- It may also be hard to see the relation between cause and effect.
- If, however, we adopt the second hypothesis, we have to inquire only as to the relation between cause and effect.
- What is the causal relation between the pattern of division and cell differentiation?
- 1.1 (relations) The way in which two or more people, countries, or organizations feel about and behave toward each other: the improvement in relations between the two countries the meetings helped cement Anglo-American relationsMore example sentences
- I think that qualifies as a small step towards improved bilateral relations, don't you?
- Your wisdom and intuition take you towards better relations with people.
- We are all the same people, but our relations with each other have changed.
- 1.2 (relations) chiefly • formal Sexual intercourse: he wanted an excuse to abandon sexual relations with herMore example sentences
- Sexual relations with anyone but the legitimate spouse, as noted above, were and are still deemed illicit.
- Sexual relations between adult and child were seen as benefitting the child rather than gratifying the adult.
- Sexual relations have ceased after the death in infancy of their son some years before.
- 2A person who is connected by blood or marriage; a kinsman or kinswoman: she was no relation at all, but he called her Aunt NoraMore example sentences
- Had he not been his brother and his closest relation, he would have murdered him in cold blood.
- He is survived by his wife Tess, three sons and two daughters, family relations and a host of friends he made through the music business.
- The definition does not include your cousins or any relations by marriage.
- 3The action of telling a story.More example sentences
- She is calumniated by some people, who think the relation of this story to be a reflection.
- Their death lives on in the relation of this story.
in relation to
- In the context of; in connection with: there is an ambiguity in the provisions in relation to children’s hearingsMore example sentences
- It is the provision in relation to danger to the public safety or to the peace which was relied on in both cases.
- That seems to me to be a perfectly proper direction in relation to the provision.
- A preliminary reference can be made in relation to three types of subject matter.
Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin relatio(n-), from referre 'bring back' (see relate).