relative

relative (n.) late 14c., "a relative pronoun," from O.Fr. relatif (13c.), from L.L. relativus "having reference or relation," from L. relatus, pp. of referre "to refer." Meaning "person in the same family" first recorded 1650s; the adj. is attested from 1520s.

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