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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

  • Within an hour, he had purchased it from the relatives of its last owner.
  • He left no word on what he wished to be done with the plant or whether his relatives had the right to reopen it.

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  • With families, dependents and poor relatives-and who hasn’t got poor relatives these days?-it amounts to about five million votes.
  • With families, dependents and poor relatives-and who hasn’t got poor relatives these days?-it amounts to about five million votes.
  • In my unions, every man who’s working is feeding five who aren’t, not counting his own pack of starving relatives.
  • Among the family’s numerous relatives, there was one rich uncle.
  • The Unification Board has a gang of its own friends waiting in line for the jobs, more friends than a millionaire’s got relatives.
  • We provoked family quarrels, to get somebody’s relatives thrown out.
  • You know, of course, that there can be no collective commitments in this valley and that families or relatives are not allowed to come here, unless each person takes the striker’s oath by his own independent conviction.
  • Any relatives you’d like to see?

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  • She knew what steps would come next: first, the death of the special freights-then the shrinking in the number of boxcars for Hammondsville, attached, like poor relatives, to the rear end of freights bound for other towns-then the gradual cutting of the stops at Hammondsville Station from the schedules of the passenger trains-then the day when she would strike Hammondsville, Colorado, off the map.
  • …a slavery they had no power to enforce, just as they were counting on my self-immolation to provide them with the means of their plan-so throughout the world and throughout men’s history, in every version and form, from the extortions of loafing relatives to the atrocities of collectivized countries, it is the good, the able, the men of reason, who act as their own destroyers, who transfuse to evil the blood of their virtue and let evil transmit to them the poison of destruction, thus…

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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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unspecified meaning
  • Of course, ’investment’ is a relative term.
  • Questions of value are relative.

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  • I’m not going to put on the sweet relative act.
  • Words are relative.
  • All values are relative!"-"Who are you to want to escape a thug’s bullet?
  • Your code-which boasts that it upholds eternal, absolute, objective moral values and scorns the conditional, the relative and the subjective —your code hands out, as its version of the absolute, the following rule of moral conduct: If you wish it, it’s evil; if others wish it, it’s good; if the motive of your action is your welfare, don’t do it; if the motive is the welfare of others, then anything goes.
  • There was the goal of all those con men of library and classroom, who sold their revelations as reason, their "instincts" as science, their cravings as knowledge, the goal of all the savages of the non-objective, the non-absolute, the relative, the tentative, the probable-the savages who, seeing a farmer gather a harvest, can consider it only as a mystic phenomenon unbound by the law of causality and created by the farmer’s omnipotent whim, who then proceed to seize the farmer, to…
  • He was reciting it in full earnestness, with the honesty of a conscientious student: "I know that everything is relative and that nobody can know anything and that reason is an illusion and that there isn’t any reality.
  • They bred babies, they got girls into trouble, they dragged in every worthless relative they had from all over the country, every unmarried pregnant sister, for an extra ’disability allowance,’ they got more sicknesses than any doctor could disprove, they ruined their clothing, their furniture, their homes-what the hell, ’the family’ was paying for it!

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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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