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American English: /ˈrɛlədɪv/
British English: /ˈrɛlətɪv/

Translation of relative in Spanish:



  • 1 1.1 (comparative) we must consider the relative merits of both systems
    debemos comparar los pros y los contras de ambos sistemas
    1.2 (not absolute) with relative safety
    con relativa seguridad
    it's all relative, everything's relative
    todo es relativo
    Example sentences
    • The distinction between absolute and relative gaps becomes important when comparisons are made over time.
    • We computed the absolute and relative risks to evaluate the impact of the time of birth on the risk of infant and early neonatal mortality and early neonatal mortality related to asphyxia.
    • For example, since the supply of natural scenery is fixed it is relative rather than absolute wealth and income that counts.
    1.3 (Meteorology, Physics, Technology)
    Example sentences
    • However, relative cost effectiveness is considered the most important criterion.
    • Most plants contain several pigments, whose relative proportions may vary considerably, producing colours which differ noticeably from each other.
    • In much of the early work (and a good deal of the later), the relative proportions of the collaged source material were left largely unchanged.
    1.4relative to
    (in relation to) en relación con
    con relación a
    (compared to) en comparación con
    their positions relative to each other
    sus posiciones relativas
  • 2 (relevant) [formal] (predicative) to be relative to something
    concernir a algo [formal]
    Example sentences
    • The war prompted the navy to assign relative rank to nurses on 1 July 1942.
    • In all of the above cases the question of relative rank was irrelevant to the question of a legal marriage, but both parties did admit a disparity.
    • The change was likely made to avoid confusion over relative rank in NATO forces.
  • 3 3.1 (Linguistics)
    a relative clause
    una (oración) subordinada relativa or de relativo
    Example sentences
    • The other personal relative pronoun, who, doesn't seem to be affected nearly as much.
    • Secondly, the relative pronoun has an antecedent in the poem, albeit divided from it by a colon.
    • A contrast of personal and non-personal is also found with the relative pronouns who/whom versus which.
    Example sentences
    • In addition, accusative case on who does not typically survive when the word is shunted to the beginning of an interrogative or relative clause.
    • Sentences in which the grammatical role of a noun phrase is the same in the main clause and the relative clause seem to be easier to process.
    • Well, toward the end of the third clause within this tripartite relative clause we find the following sequence of words.
    3.2 (Music)
    Example sentences
    • This piece will give the teacher a chance to review parallel and relative major/minor keys along with primary chord progressions.
    • The key of the second group is usually the dominant for movements in the major and the relative major for movements in the minor, though other keys may be used.
    • The premise is that the major key always prevails and all minor keys should be sung in terms of the relative major.
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