Relation

Definition of Relation

Re`la´tion   Pronunciation: r?-l?´sh?n
n.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.(Law) 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.

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