Legal Definition and Related Resources of Relative

Meaning of Relative

next-of-kin , a relation . Those connected to the person by blood , by marriage, kin, kin-folk and kindred, those descended from a common ancestor as well as in-laws. See Fidelity and Cas. Co. of N. Y. v Jackson, (C.A.N. C.) 297 F.2d 230. Those who would take under statutes of distribution in the case of intestacy. See Reagh v Kellev, 89 Cal.Rptr. 425, 10 C.A.3d 1082.

Relative Alternative Definition

One connected with another by blood or affinity; a relation; a kinsman or kinswoman. In an adjective sense, having relation or connection with some other person or thing; as, relative rights, relative powers.

Synonyms of Relative

(Comparative), adjective

  • analogous
  • commensurable
  • commensurate
  • comparare
  • compared
  • contrastive
  • correlative
  • correspondent
  • corresponding
  • proportional
  • proportionate Associated Concepts: dependent relative revocation
  • relative fault

(Relevant), adjective

  • affinitive
  • allied
  • applicable
  • apposite
  • appositional
  • appropriate
  • appurtenant
  • apropos
  • apt
  • associated
  • bearing on
  • cognate
  • collateral
  • compatible
  • concerning
  • connected
  • connective
  • correlated
  • fit
  • fitting
  • germane
  • interconnected
  • kindred
  • material
  • pertaining
  • pertinent
  • referring
  • related
  • relating
  • relational
  • respecting
  • suitable


  • blood relation
  • clansman
  • cognate
  • cognatus
  • connection
  • family
  • kin
  • kindred
  • kinsman
  • kith
  • member of the family
  • propinquus
  • relation
  • sib

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See Also

  • Absolute
  • Relation
  • Right



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