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relative
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Crime and Punishment
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  • The crimes of these men are of course relative and varied; for the most part they seek in very varied ways the destruction of the present for the sake of the better.
  • Then I took a ten-rouble note from the table and handed it to you by way of first instalment on my part for the benefit of your relative.

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  • I saw the same thing with a relative of my own not long ago…. nearly a pint of blood, all in a minute….
  • Everything is relative, Rodion Romanovitch, everything is relative!
  • Everything is relative, Rodion Romanovitch, everything is relative!
  • I invite you for the benefit of your destitute relative, I present you with my donation of ten roubles and you, on the spot, repay me for all that with such an action.
  • You yourself, mademoiselle, probably will not refuse to confirm my statement that I invited you through Mr. Lebeziatnikov, solely in order to discuss with you the hopeless and destitute position of your relative, Katerina Ivanovna (whose dinner I was unable to attend), and the advisability of getting up something of the nature of a subscription, lottery or the like, for her benefit.
  • "That’s all conventional, that’s all relative, merely a way of looking at it," he thought in a flash, but only on the top surface of his mind, while he was shuddering all over, "there, I’ve got it on!

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as in: the relative importance Define
compared with something else (not an absolute value or not complete)
as in: they are relatives Define
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 Define
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