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relative — as in:  the relative importance

I am comparing the relative benefits of both proposals.
compared with something else (not an absolute value or not complete)
relative — as in:  they are relatives

Police are searching for friends or relatives who might know something about her plans that night.
connected in various senses such as:
  • a person related by blood or marriage
  • a plant or animal related by origin or grouping
relative — as in:  questions relative to the topic

I have some additional questions relative to the issue we discussed last night.
related to

More specialized and less common senses of the word are found in philosophy, grammar, and music. Consult a comprehensive dictionary if you wish to see those. All senses have to do with relationships.
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