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relative (n.)

late 14c., "a relative pronoun," from Old French relatif (13c.), from Late Latin relativus "having reference or relation," from Latin relatus, past participle of referre "to refer" (see refer). Meaning "person in the same family" first recorded 1650s.

relative (adj.)

early 15c., relatif, "having reference," from Old French relatif and directly from Late Latin relativus (see relative (n.)). Meaning "compared to each other" is from 1590s; that of "depending on a relationship to something else" is from 1610s.

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Definitions of relative from WordNet
1
relative (n.)
a person related by blood or marriage;
police are searching for relatives of the deceased
Synonyms: relation
relative (n.)
an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus);
Synonyms: congener / congenator / congeneric
2
relative (adj.)
estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete;
a relative stranger
Synonyms: comparative
relative (adj.)
properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to';
earnings relative to production
Synonyms: proportional
From wordnet.princeton.edu