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Definitions of relation

  1. a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups; "international relations" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. The act of relating or telling; also, that which is related; recital; account; narration; narrative; as, the relation of historical events. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The state of being related or of referring; what is apprehended as appertaining to a being or quality, by considering it in its bearing upon something else; relative quality or condition; the being such and such with regard or respect to some other thing; connection; as, the relation of experience to knowledge; the relation of master to servant. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Reference; respect; regard. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A person connected by cosanguinity or affinity; a relative; a kinsman or kinswoman. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The carrying back, and giving effect or operation to, an act or proceeding frrom some previous date or time, by a sort of fiction, as if it had happened or begun at that time. In such case the act is said to take effect by relation. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The act of a relator at whose instance a suit is begun. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The act of narrating or telling; the thing narrated or told; mutual connection between two or more things; association in business or social matters; as, a pleasant relation between partners; reference; respect; as, in relation to; connection by birth or marriage; kinsman or kinswoman. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Act of relating or telling: recital: that which is related: mutual connection between two things: resemblance: connection by birth or marriage. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Act of relating; state of being related; recital; mutual connexion; kindred; person akin. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. Connection; reference; regard; allusion; kinship. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. An account or recital. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. A relative. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. The state of being related or of referring; what is apprehended as appertaining to a being or quality, by considering it in its bearing upon something else; relative quality or condition; the being such and such with regard or respect to some other thing; Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Narrative; account; respect; reference; connection between things; connection by birth or marriage; kindred; a person connected by birth or marriage; direct conformity of parts to a whole and to each other. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for relation

  1. I shouldn't be grand yet to my- Let's see- what relation is it I am to you? – Gaslight Sonatas by Fannie Hurst
  2. Man would still have duties, should he cease to be in relation with other men. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
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