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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

  • They had no Savannah relatives to whom they might look for assistance, for they had been married when they came to America.
  • Every hotel, boarding house and private residence was crammed with visitors who had come to be near wounded relatives in the big Atlanta hospitals.

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  • So Scarlett, unenthusiastic, went off with her child, first to visit her O’Hara and Robillard relatives in Savannah and then to Ellen’s sisters, Pauline and Eulalie, in Charleston.
  • For even as Andersonville was a name that stank in the North, so was Rock Island one to bring terror to the heart of any Southerner who had relatives imprisoned there.
  • Southerners were as enthusiastic visitors as they were hosts, and there was nothing unusual in relatives coming to spend the Christmas holidays and remaining until July.
  • But always, Melanie was at his side, her eyes caressing him adoringly, always friends and neighbors and relatives were in the house and, from morning till night, Ashley was never alone.
  • They were a close-mouthed and stiff-necked family, who kept strictly to themselves and intermarried with their Carolina relatives, and Gerald was not alone in disliking them, for the County people were neighborly and sociable and none too tolerant of anyone lacking in those same qualities.
  • No one was going to set her and her people adrift on the charity of relatives.
  • Families with sons at the front prayed fervently that their boys were not in Pennsylvania, but those who knew their relatives were in the same regiment with Darcy Meade clamped their teeth and said it was an honor for them to be in the big fight that would lick the Yankees for good and all.
  • It would serve her right for picking up trash and foisting it off on her friends and relatives.

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  • Because you didn’t plump yourself down on your male relatives and sob for the old days.
  • Some had accepted because of Melanie’s attitude, others because they felt they owed Rhett a debt for saving their lives and those of their relatives.
  • But no matter which side the relatives took, they all were resentful that Scarlett should have been the cause of the family breach.
  • All ages and sexes went visiting, honeymooners, young mothers showing off new babies, convalescents, the bereaved, girls whose parents were anxious to remove them from the dangers of unwise matches, girls who had reached the danger age without becoming engaged and who, it was hoped, would make suitable matches under the guidance of relatives in other places.
  • Times had changed, money was scarce, but nothing had altered the rule of Southern life that families always made room gladly for indigent or unmarried female relatives.
  • Pitty, who desired nothing except to live comfortably amid the love of her relatives, would have been very pleased, in this matter, to run with the hares and hunt with the hounds.
  • Sometimes, words meant in the utmost respect were misconstrued by overstrung relatives of the dead and scarcely were the last shovels of earth mounded above the coffin before trouble began.
  • And no matter which side they took, the relatives heartily deplored the fact that India had taken it upon herself to wash the family dirty linen so publicly and involve Ashley in so degrading a scandal.
  • Frequently, brown and withered country women with broods of towhaired silent children spent the night there, women widowed by the war, dispossessed of their farms, seeking relatives who were scattered and lost.
  • The Baptist and Methodist ministers who performed them had no set prayers but extemporized as the circumstances demanded and seldom stopped before all mourners were in tears and the bereaved feminine relatives screaming with grief.

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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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  • There was hardly a family in Georgia who could not own to their sorrow at least one male member or relative who gambled, losing money, houses, land and slaves.
  • Their young brother Dallas was their darling and the only relative the maiden ladies had in the world.

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  • Except for Aunt Pittypat and Uncle Henry and you, she hasn’t a close relative in the world, except the Burrs in Macon and they’re third cousins.
  • "I think—" said Pitty, "yes, I think I’d better write Henry a letter about it—much as I hate it—but he’s our only male relative, and make him go speak reprovingly to Captain Butler— Oh, dear, if Charlie were only alive— You must never, never speak to that man again, Scarlett."
  • His sister, his only relative, had moved to Texas with her husband years ago and he was alone in the world.
  • No friend or relative stood up with them at their marriage.
  • You don’t suppose she meant a relative?
  • You a relative, Ma’m?
  • Couldn’t you tell Mr. Wilkes that the money was left you in the will of some relative?
  • "Oh, Captain Butler, I haven’t a relative with a penny to bless him!"

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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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