Relative term

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a term which implies relation to, as guardian to ward, matter to servant, husband to wife. Cf. Correlative.

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References in classic literature ?
Fear is a relative term and so I can only measure my feelings at that time by what I had experienced in previous positions of danger and by those that I have passed through since; but I can say without shame that if the sensations I endured during the next few minutes were fear, then may God help the coward, for cowardice is of a surety its own punishment.
Would you not say that thirst is one of these essentially relative terms, having clearly a relation--
Konitz plays soprano on three tracks and ac- actually sounds sweeter on that instrument, though again, sweetness is a relative term with this man.
It's really no surprise that today's progressive independent retailers understand that, when it comes to succession planning, "family" is a relative term.
So, considering that all products use energy and create waste, green is a relative term.
Poverty can never be completely eliminated as it is a relative term.
Nearby" is a relative term in astronomy, where the distances between stars and galaxies are enormous.
Daniel Gohari, a director with the Moinian Group, points out that, "Overpaying has and always will be a relative term.
Havoc" is, perhaps, a relative term, since when commodity markets fluctuate there are both winners and losers, and the winners (many of them recyclers in this case) don't necessarily use the word "havoc" to describe their situation.
Of course, "warm" is a bit of a relative term here.
The most inventive turn to this selection of photographs--from a series on which Marshall, better known for his videos, has been working for the past three years--comes when the show segues from an opening trio of views of a tropical quagmire (Swamp 1 and 2) to the more familiar urban scene, equating the two on the axis of the locally overlooked and so reminding us that "exotic" is an entirely relative term.
Retro is a relative term when one considers that these rugs have been made in this Balkan country of less than 2 million people for 500 years, or even more.