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English definition of “relative”

relative

adjective [not gradable] (COMPARED WITH)   /ˈrel·ə·t̬ɪv/
as judged or measured in comparison with something else : We considered the relative merits of flying to Washington or taking the train . Relative to (= Considering ) birthweight, the newborns were doing well. relatively    /ˈrel·ə·t̬ɪv·li/ adverb [not gradable] The stereo was relatively inexpensive .
(Definition of relative adjective (COMPARED WITH) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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