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Dictionary entry overview: What does relative mean?
• RELATIVE (noun)
The noun RELATIVE has 2 senses:
1. a person related by blood or marriage
2. an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)
Familiarity information: RELATIVE used as a noun is rare.
• RELATIVE (adjective)
The adjective RELATIVE has 2 senses:
1. not absolute or complete
2. properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by 'to'
Familiarity information: RELATIVE used as an adjective is rare.