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1[sentence adverb] In relation, comparison, or proportion to something else.‘it is perfectly simple, relatively speaking, to store a full catalog entry on magnetic tape’
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, somewhatView synonyms
- ‘Yet, relatively speaking, religion and the churches were pushed away from the centre.’
- ‘Relatively speaking, Antartica's hot.’
- ‘Individualism is a pretty new idea relatively speaking and one which most of us today take for granted.’
- ‘The system of public education has not kept pace with the progress of the country, so that it is, relatively, falling behind.’
- 1.1[as submodifier]Viewed in comparison with something else rather than absolutely.‘relatively affluent people’‘the site was cheap and relatively clean’
comparatively, in comparison, by comparison, proportionatelyquite, 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, satisfactorilypretty, kind of, sort of, ishView synonyms
- ‘This may be one of the reasons why the Japanese labour market was so relatively unaffected by the oil crises.’
- ‘Now, public hotspot usage is known to be limited to a relatively small number of individuals.’
- ‘Affairs with patients were regarded by many as being relatively minor offences.’
- ‘Hares are relatively large and one will feed six to eight people adequately.’
- ‘What's special about these sorts of tests is that they are relatively simple.’
- ‘With some cars this is a relatively simple DIY task, in others it is quite tricky and best done by a garage.’
- ‘Part of its defence is based on points which might be regarded as relatively technical.’
- ‘Although relatively simple to operate, such a rule might be regarded as an example of overkill.’
- ‘In some cases these are fairly tightly drawn and it is relatively clear what must be done.’
- ‘If you wish to have any sort of chat you'll have to be relatively fast at typing.’
- ‘Such societies are held in relatively low regard by the college authorities.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘So falls are not unusual although falls of this sort of magnitude are relatively rare.’
- ‘The devastation is vast, whilst being contained within a relatively small area.’
- ‘It is the relatively opaque idioms which tend to be fairly rigid in their form.’
- ‘While South Africa had large and relatively cheap supplies of coal, it lacked natural oil.’
- ‘The reason the price is relatively high compared to other options is two-fold.’
- ‘The purpose of this was to provide a quick and relatively cheap appeal procedure.’
- ‘Our first task will be the formulation of a clear and relatively adequate version of externalism.’
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