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[ri-ley-shuh-nl] /rɪˈleɪ ʃə nl/
of or relating to relations.
indicating or specifying some relation.
Grammar. serving to indicate relations between various elements in a sentence, as prepositions, conjunctions, etc.
Compare notional (def 6).
Origin of relational
1655-65; relation + -al1
Related forms
nonrelational, adjective
unrelational, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for relational
  • Some didn't have the relational skills necessary for this challenging task or the stomach for it.
  • Please do not compound the problem of these two relational existence to let the remains of complexity and confusion be checked.
  • Or that they lack the relational or negotiating skills to get the kind of relationship and balance that they prefer.
  • One also forgets the importance of relational communication and task communication, and that a balance must exist between the two.
  • To make systems biology really useful to biology, it has to transcend beyond the current static simple relational approach.
  • In this case, there will be a pressure to evolve larger brains to cope with the larger relational network.
  • Some psychiatrists want to start treating relational disorders.
  • There are a number of relational operations in addition to join.
British Dictionary definitions for relational


(grammar) indicating or expressing syntactic relation, as for example the case endings in Latin
having relation or being related
(computing) based on data stored in a tabular form: a relational database
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Word Origin and History for relational

1660s, from relation + -al (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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