ETYM French relatif, Latin relativus. Related to Relate.
Not absolute or complete.
Indicating relation or a prepositional object.
1. A person related by blood or marriage; SYN. relation.
2. An animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus); SYN. congener, congenator.
In music, term describing the connection between major and minor keys which bear the same key signature. The relative major's tonic note is three semitones higher than that of the relative minor. For example, C major is the relative major of A minor, and B minor is the relative minor of D major.
(computing) In computing (of a value), variable and calculated from a base value. For example, a relative address is a memory location that is found by adding a variable to a base (fixed) address, and a relative cell reference locates a cell in a spreadsheet by its position relative to a base cell— perhaps directly to the left of the base cell or three columns to the right of the base cell. The opposite of relative is absolute.