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relative

(of a musical key or scale) having the same key signature as another key or scale
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relative

[′rel·əd·iv]
(navigation)
Related to a moving point; apparent, as relative wind, relative movement.
Related to or measured from the heading, as relative bearing.
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RELATIVE

Early system on IBM 650. Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959).
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But these are not quantitative, but relative; things are not great or small absolutely, they are so called rather as the result of an act of comparison.
And even though a man should call these terms not relative but quantitative, they would not have contraries.
And a certain kind of thirst is relative to a certain kind of drink; but thirst taken alone is neither of much nor little, nor of good nor bad, nor of any particular kind of drink, but of drink only?
Nevertheless I should still maintain, that of relatives some have a quality attached to either term of the relation; others are simple and have their correlatives simple.
I had all my money about me (having never let it out of my own possession during my stay in the red-brick house), and there was plenty of it for the present; so I thought it best to leave the alarm and distress of my anxious relatives unrelieved for a little while longer, and to return quietly to the perusal of the Morning Post.
The relatives in Glasgow had daughters of their own to provide for.
Reuben Limbrick's relatives, occasionally coming to stay with him, found the place prey on their spirits, and rejoiced when the time came for going home again.
It proved to be a great aggravation of Hester's offenses, in the eyes of Hester's relatives, when it was discovered that she possessed a life-interest in Salt Patch, and an income of two hundred a year.
Possessed of abilities which might have raised him to distinction in almost any career that he could have chosen, he had nevertheless, from his youth upward, been a disgrace to all his relatives. He had been expelled the militia regiment in which he once held a commission.
Vanstone should have been associated with family affairs which (in her independent position as to relatives) must necessarily concern Mr.
I address these lines--written in India--to my relatives in England.
Now, however, all was to be changed, and Dorothy was really more delighted to know that her dear relatives were to share in her good fortune and enjoy the delights of the Land of Oz, than she was to possess such luxury for herself.

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