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relatively speaking

On average; compared to other similar things. Considering the low expectations analysts had for their sales, the company turned a pretty good profit, relatively speaking. Jobs in the service industry provide—relatively speaking—great career opportunities for those who don't have a formal education or a lot of work experience.
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ˈrelatively speaking

used when you are comparing something with all similar things: Relatively speaking, these jobs provide good salaries.
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For many years, bank credit card operations were only marginally profitable, despite interest rates comparable to those on store cards, as start-up and operating costs per dollar of receivables were relatively high and a sizable proportion of cardholders remained "convenience users," paying balances in full each month and thereby avoiding finance charges.
Debt service presents an above average burden on the budget at 12% of expenditures in 2005 but has been relatively stable since 2001.
In the Committee's discussion, members referred to the indications that the rate of economic growth had slowed since earlier in the year, but they interpreted the recent statistical and anecdotal information as consistent on balance with a continuing and relatively broad-based expansion in overall business activity.
Not only was inflation accelerating over this period, but it also maintained a relatively high average rate of more than 10 percent.
The relatively heavy reliance on government-backed loans in Atlanta's minority neighborhoods also may have reflected differences in the ability of applicants in the two groups of neighborhoods to meet the underwriting standards for conventional loans established by creditors, including downpayment amounts and debt-to-income ratios.
This is in line with the overall UK economy, which has been recovering at a relatively strong rate since early 2013, although there were signs of a slight slowdown in late 2014 due to problems in the Eurozone and other geopolitical uncertainties.
During Friday night, the weather will become cold in most parts of the Kingdom and relatively cold in the Jordan Valley and the Gulf of Aqaba with westerly moderate to brisk winds, JMD added.
Prices remain relatively strong for OCC following a period of hot buying driven by high demand from mills in the Southeast.
This result indicates that the mills are relatively high cost producers, with manufacturing cost approaching US$ 270 per short ton.
During the period when competition in the banking industry prevailed, the government's involvement in money matters stayed relatively honorable.
The study shows that property taxes are most regressive in municipalities where homeowner incomes vary widely but property values are relatively homogeneous.
According to Gallup, "Environmentalists should know they are swimming upstream" because "the environment has been a relatively minor issue in Presidential elections.
On the contrary, iron's relatively low thermal conductivity causes the cross-section of the chill, through which heat is transferred, to absorb most of the heat.
There may be several potential reasons for the relatively poor resistance to rutting test results found for these mixtures:
Wilson's thorough, learned publication is devoted to a relatively thankless undertaking, that of searching through the contents of Bruges archives, abounding in names, places, and dates, for significant correlations between such tempting, if raw, data with the relatively sparse surviving works of art.