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relationship

[ri-ley-shuh n-ship] /rɪˈleɪ ʃənˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
a connection, association, or involvement.
2.
connection between persons by blood or marriage.
3.
an emotional or other connection between people:
the relationship between teachers and students.
4.
a sexual involvement; affair.
Origin
1735-1745
1735-45; relation + -ship
Related forms
prerelationship, noun
Synonyms
1. dependence, alliance, kinship. 2. affinity, consanguinity. Relationship, kinship refer to connection with others by blood or by marriage. Relationship can be applied to connection either by birth or by marriage: relationship to a ruling family. Kinship generally denotes common descent and implies a more intimate connection than relationship: the ties and obligations of kinship.
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British Dictionary definitions for relation-ship

relationship

/rɪˈleɪʃənʃɪp/
noun
1.
the state of being connected or related
2.
association by blood or marriage; kinship
3.
the mutual dealings, connections, or feelings that exist between two parties, countries, people, etc: a business relationship
4.
an emotional or sexual affair or liaison
5.
(logic, maths) another name for relation (sense 10)
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Word Origin and History for relation-ship

relationship

n.

1640s, "sense or state of being related," from relation + -ship. Specifically of romantic or sexual relationships by 1944.

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relation-ship in Medicine

relationship re·la·tion·ship (rĭ-lā'shən-shĭp')
n.

  1. The condition or fact of being related; connection or association.

  2. Connection by blood or marriage; kinship.

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