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relationship (n.)

1640s, "sense or state of being related" by kindred, affinity, or other alliance, from relation + -ship. Specifically of romantic or sexual intimacy by 1944.

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Definitions of relationship from WordNet

relationship (n.)
a relation between people; (`relationship' is often used where `relation' would serve, as in `the relationship between inflation and unemployment', but the preferred usage of `relationship' is for human relations or states of relatedness);
the relationship between mothers and their children
Synonyms: human relationship
relationship (n.)
a state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection);
he didn't want his wife to know of the relationship
relationship (n.)
a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries;
relationship (n.)
(anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption;
Synonyms: kinship / family relationship
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