relativeness

relativeness

[rel-uh-tiv-nis]
noun
the state or fact of being relative.

Origin:
1665–75; relative + -ness

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relative (ˈrɛlətɪv)
 
adj (foll by to)
1.  having meaning or significance only in relation to something else; not absolute: a relative value
2.  (prenominal) Compare absolute (of a scientific quantity) being measured or stated relative to some other substance or measurement: relative humidity; relative density
3.  (prenominal) comparative or respective: the relative qualities of speed and accuracy
4.  in proportion (to); corresponding (to): earnings relative to production
5.  having reference (to); pertinent (to): matters not relative to the topic under discussion
6.  grammar demonstrative Compare interrogative denoting or belonging to a class of words that function as subordinating conjunctions in introducing relative clauses. In English, relative pronouns and determiners include who, which, and that
7.  grammar denoting or relating to a clause (relative clause) that modifies a noun or pronoun occurring earlier in the sentence
8.  (of a musical key or scale) having the same key signature as another key or scale: C major is the relative major of A minor
 
n
9.  a person who is related by blood or marriage; relation
10.  a relative pronoun, clause, or grammatical construction
 
[C16: from Late Latin relātīvus referring]
 
'relativeness
 
n

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