Definition of relativistic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrelədəˈvistik/


1 Physics Accurately described only by the theory of relativity.
Example sentences
  • And thus we have the birth of relativistic gravitation theory.
  • Jammer also accuses Einstein of assuming the expression for the relativistic kinetic energy of a body.
  • The program takes into consideration various relativistic effects, such as Lorentz contraction, red/blue Doppler shift, headlight effect and optical aberration.
2Relating to the doctrine of relativism.
Example sentences
  • Historicism has the same relativistic consequences as psychologism.
  • But Hinduism displays a special resonance with the relativistic and holistic thought that finds favour among postmodernists.
  • This fundamentalist sort of multiculturalism is, after all, not value-based morality but relativistic moralism.



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • On the other hand, the proposed photon engine is patently relativistic, so we will treat that relativistically.
  • The residual spectrum shows a strong, relativistically broadened iron line, which must originate from matter in the immediate vicinity of the Black Holes.
  • John found their boundedness and self-sufficiency funny, preposterous, relativistically destabilising.
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