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1considered in relation or in proportion to something else:the relative effectiveness of the various mechanisms is not known existing or possessing a specified characteristic only in comparison to something else; not absolute:she went down the steps into the relative darkness of the dining room the companies are relative newcomers to computers 2 Grammar denoting a pronoun, determiner, or adverb that refers to an expressed or implied antecedent and attaches a subordinate clause to it, e.g., which, who. (of a clause) attached to an antecedent by a relative word. 3 Music (of major and minor keys) having the same key signature. 4(of a service rank) corresponding in grade to another in a different service.
1a person connected by blood or marriage:much of my time is spent visiting relatives a species related to another by common origin:the plant is a relative of ivy
2 Grammar a relative pronoun, determiner, or adverb. 3 Philosophy a term, thing, or concept that is dependent on something else.
1in comparison with:the figures suggest that girls are underachieving relative to boys in terms of a connection to:some stars appear to change their position relative to each other 2in connection with; concerning:if you have any questions relative to payment, please contact us