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English definition of “poor relation”

poor relation

something or someone similar to but less important than another thing or person , and that people do not consider equally valuable : The air force and navy were modernized but the army , very much the poor relation , was not.People of little importanceThings of little importance
(Definition of poor relation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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