Meaning of RELATION in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ri-ˈlā-shən ]


Etymology: Middle English relacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin relation-, relatio, from referre (past participle relatus ) to carry back

Date: 14th century

1. : the act of telling or recounting : account

2. : an aspect or quality (as resemblance) that connects two or more things or parts as being or belonging or working together or as being of the same kind

the relation of time and space

specifically : a property (as one expressed by is equal to, is less than, or is the brother of ) that holds between an ordered pair of objects

3. : the referring by a legal fiction of an act to a prior date as the time of its taking effect — usually used with back



(1) : a person connected by consanguinity or affinity : relative

(2) : a person legally entitled to a share of the property of an intestate

b. : relationship by consanguinity or affinity : kinship

5. : reference , respect

in relation to

6. : the attitude or stance which two or more persons or groups assume toward one another

race relation s


a. : the state of being mutually or reciprocally interested (as in social or commercial matters)

b. plural

(1) : dealings, intercourse

foreign relation s

(2) : sexual intercourse

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