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— as in: the relative importance
I am comparing the
benefits of both proposals.
compared with something else (not an absolute value or not complete)
— as in: they are relatives
Police are searching for friends or
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
— as in: questions relative to the topic
I have some additional questions
to the issue we discussed last night.
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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