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To her, the relative importance of the farm to Billy was as simple as a problem in addition.

I might be said to be without a friend, or relative, in the world.

This proprietor was a man of great opulence, and a relative of Naomi.

"My relative believes that Mr. Harkless is still alive," said Meredith.

He was another friend, and even a relative, of the "illustrious master."

Have you heard him speak of late of any relative of mine or his, called Pecksniff?

Do you know, sir, that I am the friend and relative of that sick gentleman?

Yet even here there is to be seen a relative diminution of the higher pay.

Here he had deposited his travelling chest in the house of a relative.

There lay your relative on his back behind the curtain, plunged in sweet slumber.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "a relative pronoun," from Old French relatif (13c.), from Late Latin relativus "having reference or relation," from Latin relatus, past participle of referre "to refer" (see refer). Meaning "person in the same family" first recorded 1650s.

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