1. Having pertinence or relevance; connected or related.
2. Considered in comparison with something else: the relative quiet of the suburbs.
3. Dependent on or interconnected with something else; not absolute. See Synonyms at dependent.
4. Grammar Referring to or qualifying an antecedent, as the pronoun who in the man who was on TV or that in the dictionary that I use.
5. Music Having the same key signature. Used of major and minor scales and keys: A minor is the relative minor of C major.
1. One related by kinship, common origin, or marriage.
2. Something having a relation or connection to something else.
3. Grammar A relative pronoun.
[Middle English, from Old French relatif, from Late Latin reltvus, from Latin reltus, past participle of referre, to relate; see relate.]
relative /rltv/ n. a person connected by blood or marriage to s.o., relation: My parents and brother are my only living relatives. adj. comparative: We discussed the relative advantages of buying a new or used car.||The value of money is relative and not so important compared to health and happiness.-adv. relatively.
Thesaurus: relativen. family, family member, next of kin.