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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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As a matter of relativeness between the analysis lanes, Figure 8 shows a summary taxonomy of all the Evoking Concurrency components' contributing factors, and how they affect the pillars of acquisition, and how the pillars of acquisition react to one another under the pressure of commonality.
These findings are discussed in terms of relativeness for HRM policies and practices in HCOs.
For in these developments, paradoxically once more, we have reached a time at which relativeness might have been gained in direct proportion to a loss of openness.
The question of "authority" and its relativeness, therefore forms an important topic of discussion in the novels of Williams, and its logical and psychological extension implicates the authority of the "Creator," be he human or divine.
O'BRIEN, THE CONDUCT OF JUST AND LIMITED WAR 27-28 (1981) (discussing jus ad bellum); JAMES TURNER JOHNSON, JUST WAR TRADITION AND THE RESTRAINT OF WAR XV, 123-24, 197-228 (1981) (discussing the relativeness of the doctrine).
(4) Dowry (1991: 595) actually acknowledges that "the relative importance of each kind of entailment in a verb's meaning is also a factor in argument selection", but, as argued above, no such relativeness is predicted by the mechanism of selection he proposes.