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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

  • One has so many relatives in Moscow!
  • Some of the nearest relatives had not yet left.

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  • Everyone stood up respectfully when the Military Governor, having stayed about half an hour alone with the dying man, passed out, slightly acknowledging their bows and trying to escape as quickly as possible from the glances fixed on him by the doctors, clergy, and relatives of the family.
  • Natasha did not care for society in general, but prized the more the society of her relatives—Countess Mary, and her brother, her mother, and Sonya.
  • "God be thanked that you are in time," said she to one of the priests; "all we relatives have been in such anxiety.

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  • Police are searching for friends or relatives who might know something about her plans that night.
  • I have relatives in California.

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  • The relative strength of bodies of troops can never be known to anyone.
  • Berg was sitting beside the countess consoling her with the respectful attention of a relative.

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  • Among these was the governor’s wife herself, who welcomed Rostov as a near relative and called him "Nicholas."
  • There was a substantial change in the relative strength, and an advance had become inevitable.
  • Only then, expressing known historic facts by equations and comparing the relative significance of this factor, can we hope to define the unknown.
  • During the month that the French troops were pillaging in Moscow and the Russian troops were quietly encamped at Tarutino, a change had taken place in the relative strength of the two armies—both in spirit and in number—as a result of which the superiority had passed to the Russian side.
  • …lost sight of, was doing; the boldness with which our outposts now scouted close up to the French stationed at Tarutino; the news of easy successes gained by peasants and guerrilla troops over the French, the envy aroused by this; the desire for revenge that lay in the heart of every Russian as long as the French were in Moscow, and (above all) a dim consciousness in every soldier’s mind that the relative strength of the armies had changed and that the advantage was now on our side.
  • (He was a distant relative of the Rostovs’, a man of small means, and their neighbor.

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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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