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relative

noun [C] uk   /ˈrel.ə.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ɪv/
B1 a member of your family: I don't have many blood relatives (= people related to me by birth rather than by marriage). All her close/distant relatives came to the wedding.Family relations in general

relative

adjective uk   /ˈrel.ə.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ɪv/ formal

relative adjective (COMPARING)

C1 being judged or measured in comparison with something else: We weighed up the relative advantages of driving there or going by train.Comparing and contrasting true to a particular degree when compared with other things: Since I got a job, I've been living in relative comfort (= more comfort than before).Comparing and contrasting

relative adjective (CONNECTED)

relative to C2 If something is relative to something else, it changes according to the speed or level of the other thing: The amount of petrol a car uses is relative to its speed.Linking and relatingRegarding and concerning If something is relative to a particular subject, it is connected with it: Are these documents relative to the discussion?Linking and relatingRegarding and concerning
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