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1the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected; a thing’s effect on or relevance to another:questions about the relation between writing and reality the size of the targets bore no relation to their importance
) the way in which two or more people, countries, or organizations feel about and behave toward each other:the improvement in relations between the two countries the meetings helped cement Anglo-American relations
) chiefly formal sexual intercourse:he wanted an excuse to abandon sexual relations with her
2a person who is connected by blood or marriage; a kinsman or kinswoman:she was no relation at all, but he called her Aunt Nora 3the action of telling a story.