Definition of relativize in US English:


(British relativise)


[with object]Philosophy Linguistics
  • 1Make or treat as relative to or dependent on something else.

    • ‘Suppose, then, that a reliable cognitive process is one which is relativized to persons.’
    • ‘Evidential relationships must be relativized to individuals and their degrees of belief.’
    • ‘It is not the same, since truth for Hellenistic philosophers is relativized to times.’
    • ‘For example, moral subjectivism is that species of moral relativism that relativizes moral value to the individual subject.’
    • ‘I arrive at the conclusion that it is a symptom of a more general phenomenon whereby contextual parameters can be relativized to bearers of propositional attitudes.’
    1. 1.1Grammar Make into a relative clause.
      • ‘There are a number of languages that relativize upon obliques by employing the relative pronoun strategy.’
      • ‘In Dakelh a relative clause follows the head noun. there is no complementizer, but the verb optionally takes a relativizing suffix.’
      • ‘The subjects were given a pre-test on combining two sentences into one sentence containing a relative clause where either the subject, object, or object of a preposition was the relativized noun phrase.’
    2. 1.2Physics Treat (a phenomenon or concept) according to the principles of the theory of relativity.
      • ‘The bare facts of Einstein's initiation into the problem of relativizing gravitation theory are known.’
      • ‘It only takes a cursory look at Einstein's calculations to see that this attempt to relativize rotation is a nonstarter.’