Definitions of relation

  1. an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
  2. ( usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups; " international relations"
  3. The act of relating or telling; also, that which is related; recital; account; narration; narrative; as, the relation of historical events.
  4. 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.
  5. Reference; respect; regard.
  6. A person connected by cosanguinity or affinity; a relative; a kinsman or kinswoman.
  7. 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.
  8. The act of a relator at whose instance a suit is begun.
  9. 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.
  10. Act of relating or telling: recital: that which is related: mutual connection between two things: resemblance: connection by birth or marriage.
  11. Act of relating; state of being related; recital; mutual connexion; kindred; person akin.
  12. Connection; reference; regard; allusion; kinship.
  13. An account or recital.
  14. A relative.
  15. 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;
  16. 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.
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