Definition of non-relative in English:

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Pronunciation: /nɒnˈrɛlətɪv/


Not considered in relation to something else: non-relative judgements of beauty
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  • We confront instead the difficult, non-relative, question as to how best we are to live in harmony with people whose value-judgements differ very greatly from our own.
  • A commitment to autonomy, in opposition to this, holds that autonomy is good in a non-relative sense.
  • Opinions have differed, however, about non-relative affirmative terms like good and wise.


A person who is not connected by blood or marriage: I’ve never been to a wedding of a non-relative
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  • Doctors had warned her that there was only a 30 per cent chance that a non-relative would be a match.
  • Fingerprints must be submitted, and a non-relative must swear out an affidavit that the illegal alien was here before January 1, 2007.
  • A new cultural openness to adoption, a move toward environmentalism in the human sciences, and the relatively greater availability of public social welfare services resulted in progressively higher rates of non-relative adoptions arranged by agency professionals.

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