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Definition 1: an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together - [noun denoting tops]

(relation is a kind of ...) a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples

(... is a kind of relation ) something determined in relation to something that includes it

"he wanted to feel a part of something bigger than himself" "I read a portion of the manuscript" "the smaller component is hard to reach" "the animal constituent of plankton"

(... is a kind of relation ) a close connection marked by community of interests or similarity in nature or character

"found a natural affinity with the immigrants" "felt a deep kinship with the other students" "anthropology's kinship with the humanities"

(... is a kind of relation ) (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption

(... is a kind of relation ) a relation between magnitudes

(... is a kind of relation ) a relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or group) by another

"measures for the control of disease" "they instituted controls over drinking on campus"

(... is a kind of relation ) a relation between different business enterprises

(... is a kind of relation ) a relation of mutual dependence or action or influence

(... is a kind of relation ) mutual or reciprocal relation or relatedness

"interrelationships of animal structure and function"

(... is a kind of relation ) a relation involving time

(... is a kind of relation ) relation based on similarities and differences

(... is a kind of relation ) the relation between opposed entities

(... is a kind of relation ) a relation between linguistic forms or constituents

(... is a kind of relation ) the lack of a connection between things

(... is a kind of relation ) a relation between things or events (as in the case of one causing the other or sharing features with it)

"there was a connection between eating that pickle and having that nightmare"

(... is a kind of relation ) anything owned or possessed

(... is a kind of relation ) a relation between living organisms (especially between people)

(... is a kind of relation ) the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated

"the position of the hands on the clock" "he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage"

(... is a kind of relation ) the relation of an owner to the thing possessed; possession with the right to transfer possession to others

(... is a kind of relation ) the relation between causes and effects

(... is a kind of relation ) a relation between people; (`relationship' is often used where `relation' would serve, as in `the relationship between inflation and unemployment', but the preferred usage of `relationship' is for human relations or states of relatedness)

"the relationship between mothers and their children"

(... is a kind of relation ) a relation such that one thing is dependent on another

"height is a function of age" "price is a function of supply and demand"

(... is a kind of relation ) a relation resulting from interaction or dependence

"flints were found in association with the prehistoric remains of the bear" "the host is not always injured by association with a parasite"

(... is a kind of relation ) a relation between propositions

(... is a kind of relation ) a relation between mathematical expressions (such as equality or inequality)

(... is a kind of relation ) the basis on which something is grounded

"there is little foundation for his objections"

(... is a kind of relation ) a relational difference between states; especially between states before and after some event

"he attributed the change to their marriage"

Definition 2: (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups - [noun denoting act]

Samples where relation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • international relations

(relation is a kind of ...) social or verbal interchange (usually followed by `with')

(relation is used in the usage domain ...) the form of a word that is used to denote more than one

Definition 3: sexual activity between individuals, especially the insertion of a man's penis into a woman's vagina until orgasm and ejaculation occur - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for relation in the sense of this definition

(relation is a kind of ...) activities associated with sexual intercourse

"they had sex in the back seat"

(... is a kind of relation ) the act of depriving a woman of her virginity (especially by rupturing the hymen through sexual intercourse)

(... is a kind of relation ) slang for sexual intercourse

(... is a kind of relation ) illicit sexual intercourse

(... is a kind of relation ) the act (by a man) of inserting his penis into the vagina of a woman

(... is a kind of relation ) forbidden or tabu sexual intercourse between individuals

(relation is a part of ...) the introduction of semen into the genital tract of a female

Definition 4: (law) the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where relation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his attorney argued for the relation back of the amended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed

Synonyms for relation in the sense of this definition

(relation is a kind of ...) (law) a principle underlying the formulation of jurisprudence

(relation belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 5: an act of narration - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where relation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was the hero according to his own relation
  • his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable

Synonyms for relation in the sense of this definition

(relation is a kind of ...) the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events

"his narration was hesitant"

Definition 6: a person related by blood or marriage - [noun denoting person]

Samples where relation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • police are searching for relatives of the deceased
  • he has distant relations back in New Jersey

Synonyms for relation in the sense of this definition

(relation is a kind of ...) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

(... is a kind of relation ) a person's brother or sister

(... is a kind of relation ) a child of a first cousin of one's parent

(... is a kind of relation ) the immediate descendants of a person

"she was the mother of many offspring" "he died without issue"

(... is a kind of relation ) the person who is (or persons who are) most closely related to a given person

(... is a kind of relation ) a more or less distant relative; familiar enough to be greeted with a kiss

(... is a kind of relation ) a female relative

(... is a kind of relation ) a male relative

(... is a kind of relation ) one related on the father's side

(... is a kind of relation ) one related on the mother's side

(... is a kind of relation ) a person having kinship with another or others

"he's kin" "he's family"

(... is a kind of relation ) one related by blood or origin; especially on sharing an ancestor with another

(... is a kind of relation ) a relative by marriage

(... is a kind of relation ) a person considered as descended from some ancestor

(... is a kind of relation ) the child of your aunt or uncle

(... is a kind of relation ) someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

(... is a kind of relation ) a person's partner in marriage

(... is a member of relation) group of people related by blood or marriage

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