Definition of relativize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛlətɪvʌɪz/
(also relativise)


[with object]
1chiefly Linguistics & Philosophy Make or treat as relative to or dependent on something else: it is not that such judgements do not have a truth value, but that they do not have one unless relativized in a particular way
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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 Physics Treat (a phenomenon or concept) according to the principles of the theory of relativity: the way Einstein relativizes motion
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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: /ˌrɛlətɪvʌɪˈzɛɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • 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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