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relation (n.)

c. 1300, relacioun, "relationship, connection, correspondence;" late 14c. as "act of telling or relating in words," from Anglo-French relacioun, Old French relacion "report, connection" (14c.) and directly from Latin relationem (nominative relatio) "a bringing back, restoring; a report, proposition," from relatus (see relate).

The meaning "person related by blood or marriage" is attested from c. 1500. The phrase no relation "not in the same family," used in differentiating persons with the same surname, is attested by 1930.

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Definitions of relation from WordNet

relation (n.)
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together;
relation (n.)
sexual activity between individuals, especially the insertion of a man's penis into a woman's vagina until orgasm and ejaculation occur;
Synonyms: sexual intercourse / intercourse / sex act / copulation / coitus / coition / sexual congress / sexual relation / carnal knowledge
relation (n.)
a person related by blood or marriage;
he has distant relations back in New Jersey
Synonyms: relative
relation (n.)
an act of narration;
he was the hero according to his own relation
Synonyms: telling / recounting
relation (n.)
(law) the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time;
his attorney argued for the relation back of the amended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed
Synonyms: relation back
relation (n.)
(usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups;
international relations
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