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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.
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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. 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).
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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. If something is relative to a particular subject, it is connected with it: Are these documents relative to the discussion?
Translations of “relative”
in Korean 친척…
in Arabic قَريب…
in Portuguese parente…
in Catalan parent, -a…
in Japanese 親戚, 身内…
in Italian parente…
in Chinese (Traditional) 親戚, 親屬…
in Russian родственник…
in Turkish akraba…
in Chinese (Simplified) 亲戚, 亲属…
in Polish krewn-y/a…
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