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Relative term

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Relative term a term which implies relation to, as guardian to ward, matter to servant, husband to wife. Cf. Correlative.
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Quotations

  • Susan Sontag
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    “Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt.”

Usage

In literature:

The one cannot exist without the other, and both are relative terms.
"The Farmer and His Community" by Dwight Sanderson
By the term values is meant the relations of light and shade to each other.
"Crayon Portraiture" by Jerome A. Barhydt
They differ with each other, but they agree in being similarly related to a third term.
"The Philosophy of Evolution" by Stephen H. Carpenter
Beauty and ornament, relation of the terms, i.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
George Percy related the results in graphic terms.
"The First Seventeen Years: Virginia 1607-1624" by Charles E. Hatch
I give the related terms in the other dialects of the stock.
"A Record of Study in Aboriginal American Languages" by Daniel G. Brinton
Good and evil are relative terms.
"From Bondage to Liberty in Religion" by George T. Ashley
Technical terms are wanted also to express the relation of the individuals and the attributes to the general name.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
Verisimilitude, of course, is a relative term.
"The Technique of Fiction Writing" by Robert Saunders Dowst
As Bulgaria had suffered over 30,000 casualties in the war, the Allies imposed relatively light peace terms.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Nevertheless, further analysis of the nature of relative terms, and in particular of knowledge, does not bear out this conclusion.
"Kant's Theory of Knowledge" by Harold Arthur Prichard
Time is only a relative term, even to us.
"The State of the Blessed Dead" by Henry Alford
But towards the end of term relations became more strained than was usual.
"Years of Plenty" by Ivor Brown
Vice and virtue are little else save relative terms.
"The Missioner" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
These three terms bear specific relations to one another; the first is to the second as the second to the third.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
Comfortable is, of course, a relative term.
"The Harwich Naval Forces" by E. F. Knight
Thus were the foreign relations of the United States situated when the second term of Mr. Jefferson closed.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
Granted that these terms can be only relative in significance.
"The Will to Doubt" by Alfred H. Lloyd
The terms seemed somewhat extraordinary, considering the relative positions of the parties.
"History of The Reign of Philip The Second King of Spain" by William H. Prescott
Speaking of the relative weight of brain in man implies a term of comparison.
"Woman in Science" by John Augustine Zahm
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In poetry:

It is Time's camouflage deceives us.
There it extends like space: whatever moves
(A horse to drink, a reaper to stack the sheaves)
Displays the movement in its whole succession,
Not a change of terms, only a changed relation.
"Edlesborough" by Anne Ridler

In news:

"Sexually adventurous " is a relative term.
"The greatest health impact corresponds to the relatively short-term, but high emission, well completion period," the study said.
As ESPN.com's Rob Neyer points out, best may be a relative term in this discussion.
The term "food desert " itself is relatively new.
The term "food desert " is a relatively new one in public health policy, tracing to a 1995 paper from a government work group in Scotland.
For most of 2012, Trayvon Martin was the story that seemed to most represent where America was in terms of race relations.
Secaucus may seek over $3 million in FEMA funding to cover the immediate costs of Hurricane Sandy-related emergency response and repair in addition to long-term projects to reduce the risks from future disasters.
Holder 's term heading the Justice Department has been marked by tense relations with Republicans.
When it was all over, Venezuelan's Marxist strongman Hugo Chavez won a fourth term with a relatively comfortable 54 percent of the vote.
If you aren't a pilot, some of the aviation-related terms you encounter may seem confusing.
Top 10 most searched terms related to Detroit in 2012.
In the heat of the "political season" we are hearing the term socialism being thrown about like a dirty word because most politicians know many people relate it to communism.
There have been some encouraging moments this year but his relative lack of production in a run-based offense has left his long-term viability something short of clear.
The results of a freeze would be "relatively modest in terms of overall deficit reduction," Conrad said.
However, reasonable is a relative term.
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In science:

If γ can be expressed in terms of residues of equivariant cohomology classes, then this formula yields a relation among integrals of cohomology classes related to γ .
Some applications of localization to enumerative problems
Incidence relations between simplices or cells of different dimensionalities, that are statistical topological properties of the complexes, will relate the number of D-simplices to the number of sprinkled points, and therefore give us the density of dual cell complex vertices in terms of ρ.
Statistical geometry of random weave states
The connection between the v6 terms and the related terms with 12 fermions appears to be more subtle than in the v4 case (Okawa, 1999), particularly when the action is taken off-shell.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
We obtain relations that express Rm in terms of the sum of Rm−1 and terms that have factors 1/N .
Products of random matrices and q-Catalan numbers
Properties of relations are coded in terms of commutative diagrams of arrows in the category of relations.
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
Therefore, we can easily relate the operations of Q and D on terms in each class and, as such, relate several terms of A± to that of B± .
Generalized Noncommutative Supersymmetry from a New Gauge Symmetry
Notice that, besides the dynamic contribution of the order of τ 2 (the last term), there appears also the term A2 (39) which is related to the curvature of the quasiequilibrium manifold along the quasiequilibrium tra jectory.
Geometry of irreversibility: The film of nonequilibrium states
This already leads to a relation between the Chern-Simons term and the BF-term.
(Super)gravity and Yang-Mills Theories as Generalized Topological Fields with Constraints
Terms are mapped to terms and formulas are mapped to relations in a straightforward manner that mirrors the inductive description of expressions in L(T ) that are terms and formulas.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
The theorem now follows from the observation that the W construction can be applied term by term to any k-tuply monoidal weak (n + k) category and to the morphisms defining the category and to the bridge relation.
Weak Omega Categories I
On the other hand, (1.2) yields a set of defining relations for the Lie algebra An in terms of generators and relations.
A classification of generalized quantum statistics associated with classical Lie algebras
The information content of extended generalized disjunctive paraconsistent relations is characterized in terms of generalized disjucntive paraconsistent relations which we briefly present in the next section.
An Extended Generalized Disjunctive Paraconsistent Data Model for Disjunctive Information
However, with each relation ∼ may be associated a closed relation, termed the closure of ∼ and denoted ∼.
Branching Processes, and Random-Cluster Measures on Trees
It should be noted that the same comments concern the proof of the estimate of covariance terms (2.9), where the recurrent relations, generating functions and terms of the type ˜χ appear.
Estimates for moments of random matrices with Gaussian elements
The first term in Eq. (18) relates to the vortex mode perturbation [11, 13], whereas the second term, which is exponentially decreasing with the depth, relates to the SFHs of shear modified surface waves.
Surface gravity waves in deep fluid at vertical shear flows
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