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[rel-uh-tiv-lee] /ˈrɛl ə tɪv li/
in a relative manner:
a relatively small difference.
  1. with reference (usually followed by to).
  2. in proportion (usually followed by to).
1555-65; relative + -ly Unabridged
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  • In comparison, cold air is made of more tightly packed molecules, and so it is denser and has relatively higher pressure.
  • More important is the fact that spices were wildly expensive in comparison to the relatively cheap meat.
  • That's because the entire country is relatively rich.
  • Astrobiology is a relatively new science concerned with the frequency and nature of life in the universe.
  • Maybe that's because the role arthropods play in the breakdown of a dinosaur body has only been relatively recently appreciated.
  • They don't belch exhaust, they're super-quiet and they're a relatively easy way to get around town.
  • As a relatively new junior faculty member, the specter of the tenure process looms in the nooks of my professional mind.
  • It matters that the electorate goes through phases of being relatively more and relatively less partisan.
  • These services are vital for improving student learning, but they are a relatively small part of the usual teaching-center.
  • But the practice is relatively common among animals and is now understood to yield important health benefits.
British Dictionary definitions for relatively


in comparison or relation to something else; not absolutely
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Word Origin and History for relatively

"in relation to something else," 1560s, from relative (adj.) + -ly (2).

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