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Dictionary definition for: Relative

1. (n) a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching for relatives of the deceased" "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"

2. (a) not absolute or complete; "a relative stranger"

3. (n) an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)

4. (s) properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by "to" "punishment oughtt to be proportional to the crime" "earnings relative to production"

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