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relative

adjective
 
 
/ˈrelətɪv/
having a particular characteristic or value compared to other things of a similar type: The Chancellor of the Exchequer talked about the UK's relative growth performance compared with "core" Europe. relative importance/strength/sizerelative cost/price International borrowers have seen the relative cost of their loans rise slightly in the past six months.a relative newcomer/unknown The firm is a relative newcomer to the world of futures trading.
relative to sth compared to something else: Official figures probably understate Europe's growth relative to America. Pay in many white-collar jobs has been stagnating relative to inflation.relative to earnings/income/sales Motoring costs are forecast to increase even further over the next ten years relative to income.relative to sb's competitors/peers Steps taken now to address climate change can improve a company's competitive position relative to its peers.
Translations of “relative”
in Chinese (Traditional) 比較的, 相比較而言的, 相對的…
in Russian относительный…
in Turkish göreli, nispî, izafî…
in Chinese (Simplified) 比较的, 相比较而言的, 相对的…
in Polish względny…
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