Definition of Relation

1. Noun. An abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together.

2. Noun. The act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur.

3. Noun. A person related by blood or marriage. "He has distant relations back in New Jersey"

4. Noun. An act of narration. "His endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"
Exact synonyms: Recounting, Telling
Generic synonyms: Narration, Recital, Yarn
Derivative terms: Recount, Relate, Tell

5. Noun. (law) the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time. "His attorney argued for the relation back of the amended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed"
Exact synonyms: Relation Back
Generic synonyms: Judicial Doctrine, Judicial Principle, Legal Principle
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

6. Noun. (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups. "International relations"
Generic synonyms: Dealings, Traffic
Language type: Plural, Plural Form
Derivative terms: Relate, Relate, Relationship

Definition of Relation

1. n. The act of relating or telling; also, that which is related; recital; account; narration; narrative; as, the relation of historical events.

Definition of Relation

1. Noun. The manner in which two things may be associated. ¹

2. Noun. A member of one's family. ¹

3. Noun. The act of relating a story. ¹

4. Noun. (set theory) A set of ordered tuples. ¹

5. Noun. (set theory) ''Specifically'', a set of ordered pairs. ¹

6. Noun. (databases) A set of ordered tuples retrievable by a relational database; a table. ¹

7. Noun. (mathematics) A statement of equality of two products of generators, used in the presentation of a group. ¹

8. Noun. (context: usually collocated: sexual relations) The act of intercourse ¹

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Definition of Relation

1. a significant association between two or more things [n -S]

Medical Definition of Relation

1. 1. The act of relating or telling; also, that which is related; recital; account; narration; narrative; as, the relation of historical events. "oet's relation doth well figure them." (Bacon) 2. The state of being related or of referring; what is apprehended as appertaining to a being or quality, by considering it in its bearing upon something else; relative quality or condition; the being such and such with regard or respect to some other thing; connection; as, the relation of experience to knowledge; the relation of master to servant. "Any sort of connection which is perceived or imagined between two or more things, or any comparison which is made by the mind, is a relation." (I. Taylor) 3. Reference; respect; regard. "I have been importuned to make some observations on this art in relation to its agreement with poetry." (Dryden) 4. Connection by consanguinity or affinity; kinship; relationship; as, the relation of parents and children. "Relations dear, and all the charities Of father, son, and brother, first were known." (Milton) 5. A person connected by cosanguinity or affinity; a relative; a kinsman or kinswoman. "For me . . . My relation does not care a rush." (Ld. Lytton) 6. The carrying back, and giving effect or operation to, an act or proceeding frrom some previous date or time, by a sort of fiction, as if it had happened or begun at that time. In such case the act is said to take effect by relation. The act of a relator at whose instance a suit is begun. Synonym: Recital, rehearsal, narration, account, narrative, tale, detail, description, kindred, kinship, consanguinity, affinity, kinsman, kinswoman. Origin: F. Relation, L. Relatio. See Relate. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Relation

related to
relation back
relation to
relational adjective
relational antonym
relational database
relational database management system
relational databases
relational threshold

Literary usage of Relation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume (1874)
"Philosophical relation consists in a comparison, but no comparison between cause and effect. then can the relation between flame and heat be a philosophical ..."

2. A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David Hume (1890)
"It is this essential distinction between the sequence Double of feeling upon feeling for a sentient subject and the relation ™ which to a thinking subject ..."

3. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1849)
"As in the above-mentioned instance, the contract and ceremony of marriage with Sempronia, is the occasion of the denomination or relation of husband; ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"A searching inquiry into the nature of the algebra, and its relation to other ... In many inquiries we are concerned with the relation in which some term ..."

5. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"Philosophy deals with the ultimate nature of matter and mind, with the fundamental laws of reality and the relation of reality to human experience, ..."

6. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"Common facts showing size to be a matter of relation Physiological ... Definite optical relation between thi distance and the size of an object and the size ..."

7. A Treatise of Human Nature by David Hume (1888)
"relation. the idea and they are only probable, 73 ; the discovery of causation the special work of reasoning, for it is the only relation of its class ..."

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