Definitions of relation

  1. the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
  2. an act of narration; " he was the hero according to his own relation"; " his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"
  3. a person related by blood or marriage; " police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; " he has distant relations back in New Jersey"
  4. an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
  5. ( usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups; " international relations"
  6. ( law) the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time; " his attorney argued for the relation back of the ammended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed"
  7. The act of relating or telling; also, that which is related; recital; account; narration; narrative; as, the relation of historical events.
  8. 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.
  9. Reference; respect; regard.
  10. Connection by consanguinity or affinity; kinship; relationship; as, the relation of parents and children.
  11. A person connected by cosanguinity or affinity; a relative; a kinsman or kinswoman.
  12. 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.
  13. The act of a relator at whose instance a suit is begun.
  14. 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.
  15. Act of relating or telling: recital: that which is related: mutual connection between two things: resemblance: connection by birth or marriage.
  17. Act of relating; state of being related; recital; mutual connexion; kindred; person akin.
  18. Connection; reference; regard; allusion; kinship.
  19. An account or recital.
  20. A relative.
  21. 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.
  22. 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;
  23. 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.

Quotes of relation

  1. Evil borders upon good, and vices are confounded with virtues; as the report of good qualities is delightful to a well -disposed mind, so the relation of the contrary should not be offensive. – Giraldus Cambrensis
  2. Ignorance and superstition ever bear a close and mathematical relation to each other. – James F. Cooper
  3. In the present state of our knowledge, it would be useless to attempt to speculate on the remote cause of the electrical energy... its relation to chemical affinity is, however, sufficiently evident. May it not be identical with it, and an essential property of matter? – Humphry Davy
  4. The relation of repetitions for learning and for repeating English stanzas needs no amplification. These were learned by heart on the first day with less than half of the repetitions necessary for the shortest of the syllable series. – Hermann Ebbinghaus
  5. The head of a ship however has not always an immediate relation to her name, at least in the British navy. – William Falconer
  6. Authority is not a quality one person "has," in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him. – Erich Fromm
  7. Look, very clearly there are things that need to be done urgently in relation to climate change, and of those the most obvious is to have an enforceable and equitable arrangement delivering deep cuts in emissions into the middle of the century. – Peter Garrett
  8. The highest duty of the man is not to his father, but to his wife; and for the sake of that woman he abandons all other earthly ties, should any of these happen to interfere with that relation – Lafcadio Hearn
  9. You will certainly not doubt the necessity of studying astronomy and physics, if you are desirous of comprehending the relation between the world and Providence as it is in reality, and not according to imagination. – Maimonides
  10. The beauty of a face is not a separate quality but a relation or proportion of qualities to each other. – George Herbert Mead
  11. The art of an artist must be his own art. It is... always a continuous chain of little inventions, little technical discoveries of one's own, in one's relation to the tool, the material and the colors. – Emil Nolde
  12. Myth expresses in terms of the world- that is, of the other world or the second world- the understanding that man has of himself in relation to the foundation and the limit of his existence. – Paul Ricoeur
  13. I think you always have to find where the boundary is in relation to the context in order to be able to kind of articulate how you want the space to interact with the viewer. – Richard Serra
  14. Thus a man was born into a fixed relation to certain gods as surely as he was born into a relation to his fellow -men; and his religion... was simply one side of the general scheme of conduct prescribed for him by his position as a member of society. – William Robertson Smith
  15. You have to edit the material. That assumes that some kind of a mind is operating in relation to the material. Not all minds are the same. Every aspect of filmmaking requires choice. The selection of the subject, the shooting, editing and length are all aspects of choice. – Frederick Wiseman

Usage examples for relation

  1. She's my rather near relation and a very dear old friend. – The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James
  2. Has the Senator Justinus' fair relation – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  3. A relation of Edmund's? – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  4. Surely he knew of my relation to Zoe. – Children of the Market Place by Edgar Lee Masters
  5. 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
  6. A distant relation of Charley's, I believe. – Duffels by Edward Eggleston
  7. My relation to him is the one really beautiful and noble part of my life. – Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw
  8. To understand this is important, for no sight with the sextant is of value except with relation to your meridian. – Lectures in Navigation by Ernest Gallaudet Draper
  9. He had never told anyone of his relation with Silin, a relation that was very dear to him. – Virgin Soil by Ivan S. Turgenev
  10. 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
  11. Nothing in nature was more natural than their present relation – First Fam'lies of the Sierras by Joaquin Miller
  12. 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
  13. That relation ended there, at least its pleasant intimacy. – One Woman's Life by Robert Herrick
  14. The relation must be entered into when and as the owner orders! – Slavery and the Constitution by William Ingersoll Bowditch
  15. " 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
  16. 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
  17. What a mystery was the relation of mother and little child! – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens
  18. I shouldn't be grand yet to my- Let's see- what relation is it I am to you? – Gaslight Sonatas by Fannie Hurst
  19. " 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
  20. She is measured entirely by her relation to her husband or children. – India’s Problem Krishna or Christ by John P. Jones

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