Relative term
Relative Rel"a*tive (r?l"?-t?v), a. [F. relatif, L. relativus. See {Relate}.] 1. Having relation or reference; referring; respecting; standing in connection; pertaining; as, arguments not relative to the subject. [1913 Webster]

I'll have grounds More relative than this. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Arising from relation; resulting from connection with, or reference to, something else; not absolute. [1913 Webster]

Every thing sustains both an absolute and a relative capacity: an absolute, as it is such a thing, endued with such a nature; and a relative, as it is a part of the universe, and so stands in such a relations to the whole. --South. [1913 Webster]

3. (Gram.) Indicating or expressing relation; refering to an antecedent; as, a relative pronoun. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mus.) Characterizing or pertaining to chords and keys, which, by reason of the identify of some of their tones, admit of a natural transition from one to the other. --Moore (Encyc. of Music). [1913 Webster]

{Relative clause} (Gram.), a clause introduced by a relative pronoun.

{Relative term}, a term which implies relation to, as guardian to ward, matter to servant, husband to wife. Cf. {Correlative}. [1913 Webster]


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