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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Relative  \Rel"a*tive\,  n. 
  One  who  or  that  which  relates  to  or  is  considered  in  its 
  relation  to  something  else;  a  relative  object  or  term;  one 
  of  two  object  or  term;  one  of  two  objects  directly  connected 
  by  any  relation.  Specifically: 
  a  A  person  connected  by  blood  or  affinity;  strictly,  one 
  allied  by  blood;  a  relation;  a  kinsman  or  kinswoman. 
  ``Confining  our  care  .  .  .  to  ourselves  and  relatives.'' 
  --Bp.  Fell. 
  b  (Gram.)  A  relative  pronoun;  a  word  which  relates  to  or 
  represents,  another  word  or  phrase,  called  its 
  antecedent;  as  the  relatives  ``who'',  ``which'', 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Relative  \Rel"a*tive\  (r?l"?-t?v),  a.  [F.  relatif  L.  relativus 
  See  {Relate}.] 
  1.  Having  relation  or  reference;  referring;  respecting; 
  standing  in  connection;  pertaining;  as  arguments  not 
  relative  to  the  subject. 
  I'll  have  grounds  More  relative  than  this  --Shak. 
  2.  Arising  from  relation;  resulting  from  connection  with  or 
  reference  to  something  else;  not  absolute. 
  Every  thing  sustains  both  an  absolute  and  a  relative 
  capacity:  an  absolute,  as  it  is  such  a  thing  endued 
  with  such  a  nature;  and  a  relative,  as  it  is  a  part 
  of  the  universe,  and  so  stands  in  such  a  relations 
  to  the  whole.  --South. 
  3.  (Gram.)  Indicating  or  expressing  relation;  refering  to  an 
  antecedent;  as  a  relative  pronoun. 
  4.  (Mus.)  Characterizing  or  pertaining  to  chords  and  keys, 
  which  by  reason  of  the  identify  of  some  of  their  tones, 
  admit  of  a  natural  transition  from  one  to  the  other 
  --Moore  (Encyc.  of  Music). 
  {Relative  clause}  (Gram.),  a  clause  introduced  by  a  relative 
  {Relative  term},  a  term  which  implies  relation  to  as 
  guardian  to  ward,  matter  to  servant,  husband  to  wife.  Cf 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  not  absolute  or  complete;  "a  relative  stranger"  [ant:  {absolute}] 
  2:  properly  related  in  size  or  degree  or  other  measurable 
  characteristics;  usually  followed  by  `to';  "punishment 
  oughtt  to  be  proportional  to  the  crime";  "earnings 
  relative  to  production"  [syn:  {proportional}] 
  n  1:  a  person  related  by  blood  or  marriage;  "police  are  searching 
  for  relatives  of  the  deceased";  "he  has  distant 
  relations  back  in  New  Jersey"  [syn:  {relation}] 
  2:  an  animal  or  plant  that  bears  a  relationship  to  another  (as 
  related  by  common  descent  or  by  membership  in  the  same 
  genus)  [syn:  {congener},  {congenator}] 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  Early  system  on  IBM  650.  Listed  in  CACM  2(5):16  (May  1959). 

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