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Definition 1: 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) - [noun denoting linkdef]

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

  • the relationship between mothers and their children

Synonyms for relationship in the sense of this definition

(relationship is a kind of ...) an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together

(... is a kind of relationship ) a cooperative relationship between people or groups who agree to share responsibility for achieving some specific goal

"effective language learning is a partnership between school, teacher and student" "the action teams worked in partnership with the government"

(... is a kind of relationship ) a relation between persons

Definition 2: (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption - [noun denoting linkdef]

Synonyms for relationship in the sense of this definition

(relationship is a kind of ...) an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together

(... is a kind of relationship ) the kinship relation between a male offspring and the siblings

(... is a kind of relationship ) the kinship relation between a female offspring and the siblings

(... is a kind of relationship ) the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother

(... is a kind of relationship ) the kinship relation between an offspring and the father

(... is a kind of relationship ) the kinship relation of an offspring to the parents

(... is a kind of relationship ) (anthropology) related by blood

(... is a kind of relationship ) (anthropology) kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship

(... is a kind of relationship ) the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors

(... is a kind of relationship ) (biology) state of relationship between organisms or groups of organisms resulting in resemblance in structure or structural parts

"in anatomical structure prehistoric man shows close affinity with modern humans"

(... is a kind of relationship ) the relationship between wife and husband

(relationship belongs to category ...) the social science that studies the origins and social relationships of human beings

Definition 3: a state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection) - [noun denoting state]

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

  • he didn't want his wife to know of the relationship

(relationship is a kind of ...) the way something is with respect to its main attributes

"the current state of knowledge" "his state of health" "in a weak financial state"

(... is a kind of relationship ) (psychoanalysis) relationship marked by strong dependence on others; especially a libidinal attachment to e.g. a parental figure

(... is a kind of relationship ) a relationship between two lovers

(... is a kind of relationship ) a relationship involving sexual intimacy

Definition 4: a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries - [noun denoting state]

(relationship is a kind of ...) the way something is with respect to its main attributes

"the current state of knowledge" "his state of health" "in a weak financial state"

(... is a kind of relationship ) a formal contractual relationship established to provide for regular banking or brokerage or business services

"he asked to see the executive who handled his account"

(... is a kind of relationship ) a relationship less intimate than friendship

(... is a kind of relationship ) a social or business relationship

"a valuable financial affiliation" "he was sorry he had to sever his ties with other members of the team" "many close associations with England"

(... is a kind of relationship ) the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family

(... is a kind of relationship ) the state of being friends (or friendly)

(... is a kind of relationship ) the state of being a member

(... is a kind of relationship ) forced submission to control by others

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