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relative

rel·a·tive

relative

 
 
pronunciation:
re l tihv
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a person who is related to others through blood or marriage.
Only his aunt, his cousin, and a few other relatives attended the funeral.
synonyms:
kin
similar words:
relation
definition 2: something that is dependent on something else for its specific form or meaning. (Cf. absolute.)
synonyms:
condition, contingency
antonyms:
absolute
definition 3: in grammar, a relative pronoun, adjective, or adverb.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: in relation; relating.
synonyms:
comparative
similar words:
compared, correlative, qualified
definition 2: meaningful only in relation to something else. (Cf. absolute.)
Some people argue that moral standards are relative.How large an object appears is relative to how far away one is while viewing it.
synonyms:
contingent, dependent, provisory
antonyms:
absolute
similar words:
comparative, conditional
definition 3: in grammar, denoting or pertaining to a dependent clause or a word that introduces it, as in "She feared anyone whom she didn't understand," in which "whom" is a relative pronoun and "whom she didn't understand" is a relative clause.
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Word Parts
The word relative contains the following parts:
fer, lat2, -late Latin root that means carry, bring
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See also -iferous and -fic
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive , effusion).