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1 an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
2 the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur [syn: sexual intercourse, intercourse, sex act, copulation, coitus, coition, sexual congress, congress, sexual relation, carnal knowledge]
3 a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey" [syn: relative]
4 an act of narration; "he was the hero according to his own relation"; "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable" [syn: telling, recounting]
5 (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 ammended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed" [syn: relation back]
6 (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups; "international relations"

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see Relation



From relacioun, from relacion (cognate to French relation), from relationem, accusative of relatio, noun of process form from perfect passive participle relatus, from verb referre, from prefix re- + ferre



  1. The manner in which two things may be associated.
    The relation between diet and health is complex.
  2. A member of one's family.
    Yes, he's a relation of mine, but a only distant one.
  3. The act of relating a story.
    Your relation of the events is different from mine.
  4. A set of ordered tuples; equivalently, a Boolean function of two or more arguments.
    Equality is a symmetric relation, while divisibility is not.
  5. A set of ordered tuples retrievable by a relational database; a table.
    This relation uses the customer's social security number as a key.
  6. A statement of equality of two products of generators, used in the presentation of a group.


way in which two things may be associated
mathematics: set of ordered tuples, a Boolean function of two or more arguments
set of ordered tuples retrievable by a database
member of one's family
act of relating a story




From relatio.



fr-noun f




  1. relation; how two things may be associated
  2. In the context of "math|lang=sv": relation; set of ordered tuples
  3. In the context of "computing|lang=sv": relation; retrievable by a database

See also

Extensive Definition

Relation may refer to:
relation in Czech: Relace
relation in German: Relation (Begriffsklärung)
relation in Spanish: Relación
relation in French: Relation
relation in Ido: Relato
relation in Italian: Relazione
relation in Dutch: Verhouding
relation in Japanese: 関係
relation in Russian: Отношение
relation in Simple English: Relation
relation in Vietnamese: Quan hệ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

about, absorption, affective meaning, affiliation, agnation, allegory, alliance, analogy, ancestry, anent, apropos, association, associations, balancing, bearing, blood, blood relationship, blood relative, brotherhood, brothership, capacity, carnal knowledge, character, cognation, coitus, coloring, common ancestry, common descent, comparative anatomy, comparative degree, comparative grammar, comparative judgment, comparative linguistics, comparative literature, comparative method, compare, comparing, comparison, concerning, condition, confrontation, confrontment, connection, connotation, consanguinity, consequence, contrast, contrastiveness, correlation, correspondence, cousinhood, cousinship, criminal conversation, dealings, delineation, denotation, description, distinction, distinctiveness, doings, drift, effect, embarrassment, enation, engagement, enmeshment, entanglement, essence, extension, fatherhood, filiation, force, fraternity, gist, grammatical meaning, idea, impact, implication, import, in relation to, inclusion, intension, interconnection, intercourse, interdependence, involution, involvement, kin, kindred, kinship, kinsman, kinswoman, lexical meaning, liaison, likening, link, links, literal meaning, matching, maternity, matrilineage, matriliny, matrisib, matrocliny, meaning, metaphor, motherhood, narration, narrative, opposing, opposition, overtone, parallelism, part, paternity, patrilineage, patriliny, patrisib, patrocliny, pertaining to, pertinence, pith, point, portrayal, position, practical consequence, propinquity, proportion, purport, quality, range of meaning, re, real meaning, recapitulation, recital, recitation, recountal, recounting, reference, referent, referring to, regarding, rehearsal, relations, relationship, relative, relevance, report, respecting, retelling, review, role, scope, semantic cluster, semantic field, sense, sex, sexual intercourse, sibship, significance, signification, significatum, signifie, simile, similitude, sisterhood, sistership, span of meaning, spirit, status, story, structural meaning, substance, sum, sum and substance, symbolic meaning, tale-telling, telling, tenor, tie, tie-in, ties of blood, totality of associations, transferred meaning, trope of comparison, truck, unadorned meaning, undertone, value, weighing, with regard to, with respect to, yarn spinning
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