Definition of relatively in English:



  • 1[sentence adverb] In relation, comparison, or proportion to something else.

    ‘they were very poor, but, relatively speaking, they had been lucky’
    • ‘Relatively speaking, Antartica's hot.’
    • ‘Individualism is a pretty new idea relatively speaking and one which most of us today take for granted.’
    • ‘Yet, relatively speaking, religion and the churches were pushed away from the centre.’
    • ‘The system of public education has not kept pace with the progress of the country, so that it is, relatively, falling behind.’
    to a certain degree, to a certain extent, to a limited degree, to a limited extent, to some degree, to some extent, partly, partially, half, in some measure, comparatively, moderately, a little, somewhat
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    1. 1.1[as submodifier]Regarded in comparison with something else rather than absolutely; quite.
      ‘the site was cheap and relatively clean’
      • ‘Part of its defence is based on points which might be regarded as relatively technical.’
      • ‘Our first task will be the formulation of a clear and relatively adequate version of externalism.’
      • ‘Affairs with patients were regarded by many as being relatively minor offences.’
      • ‘If you wish to have any sort of chat you'll have to be relatively fast at typing.’
      • ‘In some cases these are fairly tightly drawn and it is relatively clear what must be done.’
      • ‘While South Africa had large and relatively cheap supplies of coal, it lacked natural oil.’
      • ‘Such societies are held in relatively low regard by the college authorities.’
      • ‘It is the relatively opaque idioms which tend to be fairly rigid in their form.’
      • ‘Now, public hotspot usage is known to be limited to a relatively small number of individuals.’
      • ‘We may be perky and bumptious and relatively youthful, but a lot of us are quite tired of working.’
      • ‘First of all, the total is a relatively modest figure for a hearing that was pretty much one day as it turned out.’
      • ‘Although relatively simple to operate, such a rule might be regarded as an example of overkill.’
      • ‘What's special about these sorts of tests is that they are relatively simple.’
      • ‘The reason the price is relatively high compared to other options is two-fold.’
      • ‘The devastation is vast, whilst being contained within a relatively small area.’
      • ‘Hares are relatively large and one will feed six to eight people adequately.’
      • ‘This may be one of the reasons why the Japanese labour market was so relatively unaffected by the oil crises.’
      • ‘With some cars this is a relatively simple DIY task, in others it is quite tricky and best done by a garage.’
      • ‘So falls are not unusual although falls of this sort of magnitude are relatively rare.’
      • ‘The purpose of this was to provide a quick and relatively cheap appeal procedure.’
      comparatively, in comparison, by comparison, proportionately
      quite, fairly, reasonably, rather, somewhat, to a limited degree, to a limited extent, to a certain degree, to a certain extent, to some degree, to some extent, to an extent, to a degree, within reason, within limits, tolerably, passably, adequately, satisfactorily
      pretty, kind of, sort of, ish
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