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relative to (something)

Corresponding, in direct relation, or proportionate to something. We just have to be sure that the profit potential of this project is acceptable relative to the amount of time, money, and effort it will take to complete it. Of course you aren't saving any money—your monthly expenditures are too high relative to your income.
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relative to someone or something

1. concerning someone or something. I have something to say relative to Bill. Do you have any information relative to the situation in South America?
2. in proportion to someone or something. My happiness is relative to yours. I can spend an amount of money relative to the amount of money I earn.
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relative to

Correspondent or proportionate to, as in Relative to its size, Boston has a great many universities, or It's important to get all the facts relative to the collision. Another form of this idiom is in or with relation to , meaning "in reference or with regard to," as in Demand is high in relation to supply, or That argument changes nothing with relation to our plans for hiring workers. The usages with relative date from the second half of the 1700s, those with relation from the late 1500s.
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The patterns in the teacher assessments mirror those in the test-score data: black and Hispanic students start out substantially below whites, and black students lose ground over the first two years of school, whereas Hispanics maintain their position relative to whites.
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19 The client's profitability is inadequate or inconsistent relative to its industry.
goods and services more attractive at home relative to imports and, to a lesser extent, more attractive in foreign markets.
There was no need for the prominent relative to inquire about the purpose of the visit, because its timing - shortly after the high school examination results were published - indicated its purpose.
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To assess the relationship between use of hormonal contraceptives (primarily the pill) and cervical cancer, the researchers pooled data from four cohort and 24 case-control studies published from 1986 through 2002 on users' risks of developing cervical cancer relative to that of never-users.
Faced with this situation, schools will respond by lowering the quality of teachers relative to workers in other professional occupations and raising the quantity of teachers e mployed.
In addition to requesting information relative to an applicant, property identification and property description, there will be a new portion of the form which will permit applicants to supply information in support of their estimate of market value.
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