Definition of relativize in English:


Syllabification: rel·a·tiv·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈrelətəˌvīz


[with object] chiefly Linguistics & Philosophy
  • 1Make or treat as relative to or dependent on something else.
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    • For example, moral subjectivism is that species of moral relativism that relativizes moral value to the individual subject.
    • I arrive at the conclusion that it is a symptom of a more general phenomenon whereby contextual parameters can be relativized to bearers of propositional attitudes.
    • It is not the same, since truth for Hellenistic philosophers is relativized to times.
  • 1.1 Grammar & Linguistics Make into a relative clause.
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    • The subjects were given a pre-test on combining two sentences into one sentence containing a relative clause where either the subject, object, or object of a preposition was the relativized noun phrase.
    • In Dakelh a relative clause follows the head noun. there is no complementizer, but the verb optionally takes a relativizing suffix.
    • There are a number of languages that relativize upon obliques by employing the relative pronoun strategy.
  • 1.2 Physics Treat (a phenomenon or concept) according to the principles of the theory of relativity.
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    • It only takes a cursory look at Einstein's calculations to see that this attempt to relativize rotation is a nonstarter.
    • The bare facts of Einstein's initiation into the problem of relativizing gravitation theory are known.



Pronunciation: /ˌrelətəvəˈzāSHən/
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  • In effect, this approach amounts to a relativisation of growth.
  • And as this community broadens in spread and significance, we are effectively implicated in the relativization of the rest who remain on the outside of its borders.
  • For many, Darwin's theory led to a pure relativization and naturalization of ethics.

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