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Definition 1: an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus) - [noun denoting animal]

Synonyms for relative in the sense of this definition

(relative is a kind of ...) a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently

Definition 2: a person related by blood or marriage - [noun denoting person]

Samples where relative 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 relative in the sense of this definition

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

"there was too much for one person to do"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Definition 3: estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete - [adjective denoting all]

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

  • a relative stranger

Synonyms for relative in the sense of this definition

(relative is similar to ...) having a relation or being related

Definition 4: properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to' - [adjective satellite denoting all]

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

  • the punishment ought to be proportional to the crime
  • earnings relative to production

Synonyms for relative in the sense of this definition

(relative is similar to ...) being in due proportion

"proportionate representation of a minority group"

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