relation
noun Etymology: Middle English relacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin relation-, relatio, from referre (past participle relatus) to carry back Date: 14th century 1. the act of telling or recounting ; account 2. an aspect or quality (as resemblance) that connects two or more things or parts as being or belonging or working together or as being of the same kind <
the relation of time and space
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; specifically a property (as one expressed by is equal to, is less than, or is the brother of) that holds between an ordered pair of objects 3. the referring by a legal fiction of an act to a prior date as the time of its taking effect — usually used with back 4. a. (1) a person connected by consanguinity or affinity ; relative (2) a person legally entitled to a share of the property of an intestate b. relationship by consanguinity or affinity ; kinship 5. reference, respect <
in relation to
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6. the attitude or stance which two or more persons or groups assume toward one another <
race relations
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7. a. the state of being mutually or reciprocally interested (as in social or commercial matters) b. plural (1) dealings, intercourse <
foreign relations
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(2) sexual intercourse

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  • Relation — Re*la tion (r? l? sh?n), n. [F. relation, L. relatio. See {Relate}.] 1. The act of relating or telling; also, that which is related; recital; account; narration; narrative; as, the relation of historical events. [1913 Webster] ??????oet s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Relation — may refer to:*Relation, a person to whom one is related, i.e. a family member (see also Kinship) *Relation (mathematics), a generalization of arithmetic relations, such as = and …   Wikipedia

  • relation — I (connection) noun affiliation, affinity, alliance, analogy, applicability, appositeness, apposition, association, bearing, bond, closeness, cognation, comparableness, connation, connaturalness, connexion, correlation, correspondence, homology,… …   Law dictionary

  • relation — [ri lā′shən] n. [ME relacion < MFr or L: MFr relation < L relatio: see RELATE] 1. a narrating, recounting, or telling 2. what is narrated or told; account; recital 3. connection or manner of being connected or related, as in thought,… …   English World dictionary

  • relation — ► NOUN 1) the way in which two or more people or things are connected or related. 2) (relations) the way in which two or more people or groups feel about and behave towards each other. 3) a relative. 4) (relations) formal sexual intercourse. 5)… …   English terms dictionary

  • relation — late 14c., from Anglo Fr. relacioun, O.Fr. relacion (14c.), from L. relationem (nom. relatio) a bringing back, restoring, from relatus (see RELATE (Cf. relate)). Meaning person related by blood or marriage first attested c.1500. Stand alone… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Relation — (v. lat. Relatio), 1) (röm. Ant.), Vortrag, welchen der Consul od. Einer der höhern Magistrate im Senat hielt; 2) Verfahren, wo der Unterrichter dem Kaiser die Entscheidung in schwierigen Fällen überließ, bes. bei nöthiger Abweichung vom streugen …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Relation — (lat., »Zurücktragung oder bringung«), Bericht, Berichterstattung (s. Referat), Reisebeschreibung etc.; im 16. und 17. Jahrh. üblich für »Zeitung« (vgl. Zeitungen). Dann soviel wie Beziehung, gegenseitiges Verhältnis, z. B. Wertrelation der… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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