Definition of relation in English:

relation

noun

  • 1The way in which two or more people or things are connected; a thing's effect on or relevance to another:

    ‘questions about the relation between writing and reality’
    ‘the size of the targets bore no relation to their importance’
    • ‘Dimensions of quality space can vary in their dependence relations on each other.’
    • ‘It may also be hard to see the relation between cause and effect.’
    • ‘Hence the assertion of a causal relation between physical and mental events is inherently paradoxical, perhaps even incoherent.’
    • ‘His words of lament emphasize the inalienable relation of father to daughter or bride to homeland.’
    • ‘This indicates a causal relation between the two, but that leaves three possibilities’
    • ‘A causal relation between asthma and obesity is supported by data from cohort studies.’
    • ‘What is the causal relation between the pattern of division and cell differentiation?’
    • ‘In addition, symbolic beliefs did not mediate the relation between prior contact and attitudes for either group.’
    • ‘Thus organic bodies vary when they move into new relations with each other and with the inorganic environment.’
    • ‘Such an analysis obscures the relation between miscarriages at different stages of gestation and maternal age.’
    • ‘If, however, we adopt the second hypothesis, we have to inquire only as to the relation between cause and effect.’
    • ‘The present study does not offer a causal relation between primary hyperparathyroidism and the development of renal stone disease.’
    • ‘Together with the supposed necessary truth, it implies the obtaining of the causal relation between agent and action.’
    • ‘But when it comes to the relation between sense and reference, the analogy could mislead.’
    • ‘Rather, they involve a relation between a believer and a thought believed.’
    • ‘Therefore, in our study, symbolic beliefs do not mediate the relation between prior contact and attitudes.’
    • ‘Secondly, there is the lack of emotion in relations between husband and wife and between parents and children.’
    • ‘We used a sensitivity analysis to test the effect of different assumptions on the relation between income and management costs.’
    • ‘Our findings suggest a causal relation between second teenage birth and adverse pregnancy outcome.’
    • ‘How would you regard the relation between your critical and poetic activities?’
    connection, relationship, association, link, correlation, correspondence, parallel, tie-in, tie-up, alliance, bond, interrelation, interconnection
    relevance, applicability, application, reference, pertinence, bearing on, regard
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    1. 1.1relations The way in which two or more people or groups feel about and behave towards each other:
      ‘the improvement in relations between the two countries’
      ‘the meetings helped cement Anglo-American relations’
      • ‘It defines social relations, possible marriage partners, and often jobs as well.’
      • ‘We are all the same people, but our relations with each other have changed.’
      • ‘In the UK's hour of greatest need, Churchill's relations with Roosevelt were conducted with tact and a great sureness of touch.’
      • ‘During prepubescence, relations between brothers and sisters are free and easy.’
      • ‘The marriage stabilized relations between the English and Powhatans until after her death.’
      • ‘He's not evil, just understandably screwed up by the failure of his marriage and the continuing decline in relations with his mother.’
      • ‘Her uncle cut off all relations with her parents, who supported her decision to enter the academy.’
      • ‘I think that qualifies as a small step towards improved bilateral relations, don't you?’
      • ‘She never had close relations with her mother, who abhorred the nature of Mafia business and stayed away from any criminal activity.’
      • ‘Customs centering on marriage and gender relations are hotly debated.’
      • ‘Slovenes maintain close relations with their parents, siblings, and extended families.’
      • ‘They want a security guarantee, formal diplomatic relations with the US, and tons of money, food, and oil.’
      • ‘Bronfenbrenner indicated the need for closer relations between schools and families.’
      • ‘They also recognise the importance of a considered approach towards employee relations.’
      • ‘After a mother dies, relations between her children are often not close.’
      • ‘Nor should a parent instill disrespect in a child for the other parent as this may well undermine a child's relations with that parent.’
      • ‘It would also be interesting to examine other areas of family conflict and parent-child relations.’
      • ‘Accordingly, the husband determined the marital domicile and was the dominant figure in the relation of parent and child.’
      • ‘Your wisdom and intuition take you towards better relations with people.’
      • ‘Inmates also enjoy better relations with each other.’
      dealings, associations, communication, relationship, connections, contact, interaction, intercourse
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    2. 1.2relationsformal Sexual intercourse:
      ‘did you always have good, healthy relations with your wife?’
      • ‘Sexual relations with anyone but the legitimate spouse, as noted above, were and are still deemed illicit.’
      • ‘Sexual relations with children may not ever have been precisely an accepted or approved practice.’
      • ‘If the world had more of an open mind about gay and lesbian relations there wouldn't be as much commotion about the subject at hand.’
      • ‘Monogamy and legal marriage are the norm, but extramarital and premarital relations are common.’
      • ‘If a father committed incestuous relations with his daughter, he would be banished.’
      • ‘Sexual relations were not for pleasure but for the production of children only.’
      • ‘Sexual relations are right and proper only within marriage.’
      • ‘Sex is wonderful, but he has another woman he has relations with, and we all live in the same building.’
      • ‘Sexual relations between secondary school students and their teachers should not be tolerated.’
      • ‘At the same time, it doesn't exploit lesbian relations as a kinky fad.’
      • ‘Sexual relations between men and young children played no part in Greek pederasty.’
      • ‘Serials in which extramarital relations and marital problems are shown, tend to have a worse effect on the psyche of a child.’
      • ‘Sexual relations between adult and child were seen as benefitting the child rather than gratifying the adult.’
      • ‘Do you promise to moan continually about lack of conjugal relations?’
      • ‘Some people are looking for a serious relationship, while some just want to chat, date or have casual relations.’
      • ‘Sexual relations have ceased after the death in infancy of their son some years before.’
      • ‘Elsewhere, he reiterated the biblical and natural law arguments against homosexual relations.’
  • 2A person who is connected by blood or marriage; a relative:

    ‘he has no close relations’
    • ‘Perhaps there is comfort here for anyone who dreads the death of a close relation.’
    • ‘They didn't even look like distant relations of each other, much less the same person.’
    • ‘At this stage, I was finding it upsetting, seeing a close relation, who once knew me well, so disorientated.’
    • ‘Sincere sympathy is extended to his nieces, nephews and relations.’
    • ‘We extend to all her sons, daughters, grandchildren, relations and friends our heartfelt sympathy.’
    • ‘The man he had ordered killed must have been a close relation of hers; most likely her father.’
    • ‘He is survived by his wife Tess, three sons and two daughters, family relations and a host of friends he made through the music business.’
    • ‘We extend sincere sympathy to his mother Maisie, sister and brothers, relations and many friends.’
    • ‘Sympathy is extended to his wife, family, relations and friends.’
    • ‘This means that we all know and probably have a close relation who has had an abortion in England.’
    • ‘The definition does not include your cousins or any relations by marriage.’
    • ‘He is survived by his sister Margaret in England, nephew and niece, relations, neighbours and friends.’
    • ‘She is survived by her sons, daughters, brother, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and by other relations.’
    • ‘She is survived by her husband, sons, mother, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and other relations.’
    • ‘Are many of your relations students, available only during the holidays or the summer?’
    • ‘He is mourned by his wife Marie, children, grandchildren and relations.’
    • ‘Parents, uncles, aunts, and relations were present for the memorable occasion.’
    • ‘The majority are fathers, brothers, uncles, relations, neighbours or babysitters.’
    • ‘He is survived by his nephews, nieces, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and by other relations.’
    • ‘Had he not been his brother and his closest relation, he would have murdered him in cold blood.’
    relative, member of someone's family, member of the family, one's flesh and blood, one's own flesh and blood, next of kin
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  • 3[mass noun] The action of telling a story.

    • ‘She is calumniated by some people, who think the relation of this story to be a reflection.’
    • ‘Their death lives on in the relation of this story.’
    enumeration, list, litany, catalogue, listing, detailing, itemizing, specification
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Phrases

  • in relation to

    • In the context of; in connection with:

      ‘there is an ambiguity in the provisions in relation to children's hearings’
      • ‘The next item that is criticised is the instructions of counsel in relation to that.’
      • ‘It is the provision in relation to danger to the public safety or to the peace which was relied on in both cases.’
      • ‘Would you just concentrate on the time in relation to which you gave the answer.’
      • ‘That seems to me to be a perfectly proper direction in relation to the provision.’
      • ‘I will let him make his own application in relation to that, but it will be resisted in due course.’
      • ‘A preliminary reference can be made in relation to three types of subject matter.’
      • ‘We think it right to construe it in relation to what one would normally think of as legal costs.’
      • ‘That is all you could be asked to provide by way of evidence in relation to that.’
      • ‘We do not see why they cannot be a relevant factor in relation to this issue as well.’
      • ‘They fixed their policy in relation to that of the home market and home government.’
      regarding, concerning, with reference to, referring to, with regard to, with respect to, respecting, relating to, in relation to, on, touching on, dealing with, relevant to, with relevance to, in the context of, connected with, on the subject of, in the matter of, apropos, re
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin relatio(n-), from referre bring back (see relate).

Pronunciation

relation

/rɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n/