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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"
  2. an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
  3. ( usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups; " international relations"
  4. The act of relating or telling; also, that which is related; recital; account; narration; narrative; as, the relation of historical events.
  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.
  6. Reference; respect; regard.
  7. A person connected by cosanguinity or affinity; a relative; a kinsman or kinswoman.
  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.
  9. The act of a relator at whose instance a suit is begun.
  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.
  11. Act of relating or telling: recital: that which is related: mutual connection between two things: resemblance: connection by birth or marriage.
  12. Act of relating; state of being related; recital; mutual connexion; kindred; person akin.
  13. Connection; reference; regard; allusion; kinship.
  14. An account or recital.
  15. A relative.
  16. The act of relating or telling; that which is related; reference; connection between things; connection by birth or marriage; a kinsman or kinswoman; resemblance of phenomena; analogy; ratio; proportion.
  17. 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;
  18. 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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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
  3. Has the Senator Justinus' fair relation. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  4. She's my rather near relation and a very dear old friend. – The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James
  5. What a mystery was the relation of mother and little child! – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  6. She is measured entirely by her relation to her husband or children. – India’s Problem Krishna or Christ by John P. Jones
  7. A relation of Edmund's? – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  8. A distant relation of Charley's, I believe. – Duffels by Edward Eggleston
  9. Everything depends for its meaning on its relation to other things; and the more of these relations we can discover, the more fully do we see the meaning. – The Mind and Its Education by George Herbert Betts
  10. Surely he knew of my relation to Zoe. – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  11. My relation to him is the one really beautiful and noble part of my life. – Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw
  12. " It does not interest me," said Nekhludoff, " and I will tell you straight, that though I was myself very different at one time, I now hate that kind of relation to women." – Resurrection by Maude, Louise Shanks
  13. Our relation was not passion; it stood on the threshold- but it was real- a true relation so far as it went. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  14. He had never told anyone of his relation with Silin, a relation that was very dear to him. – Virgin Soil by Ivan S. Turgenev
  15. And try to understand that if I speak of my being 'wrong' now in relation to you ... – The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
  16. " As a relation of yours, Colonel," says the individual addressed as captain, " the gentleman is welcome," and he holds out a hand accordingly. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
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