Family vs. Relative

Family vs. Relative — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Family and Relative

Familynoun

(countable) A group of people who are closely related to one another (by blood, marriage or adoption); kin; for example, a set of parents and their children; an immediate family.

Our family lives in town.

Relativeadjective

Connected to or depending on something else; comparative.

Familynoun

(countable) An extended family; a group of people who are related to one another by blood or marriage.

Relativeadjective

Expressed in relation to another item, rather than in complete form.

The relative URL /images/pic.jpg, when evaluated in the context of http://example.com/docs/pic.html, corresponds to the absolute URL http://example.com/images/pic.jpg.

Familynoun

(countable) A (close-knit) group of people related by blood, friendship, marriage, law, or custom, especially if they live or work together.

crime family, Mafia familyThis is my fraternity family at the university.Our company is one big happy family.

Relativeadjective

(grammar) That relates to an antecedent.

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Familynoun

A rank in the classification of organisms, below order and above genus; a taxon at that rank.

Magnolias belong to the family Magnoliaceae.

Relativeadjective

(music) Having the same key but differing in being major or minor.

Familynoun

(countable) Any group or aggregation of things classed together as kindred or related from possessing in common characteristics which distinguish them from other things of the same order.

Doliracetam is a drug from the racetam family.

Relativeadjective

Relevant; pertinent; related.

relative to your earlier point about taxes, ...

Familynoun

A group of instruments having the same basic method of tone production.

the brass family;the violin family

Relativeadjective

Capable to be changed by other beings or circumstance; conditional.

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Familynoun

A group of languages believed to have descended from the same ancestral language.

the Indo-European language family;the Afro-Asiatic language family

Relativenoun

Someone in the same family; someone connected by blood, marriage, or adoption.

Why do my relatives always talk about sex?

Familynoun

Used attributively.

The dog was kept as a family pet.For Apocynaceae, this type of flower is a family characteristic.

Relativenoun

(linguistics) A type of adjective that inflects like a relative clause, rather than a true adjective, in certain Bantu languages.

Familyadjective

Suitable for children and adults.

It's not good for a date, it's a family restaurant.Some animated movies are not just for kids, they are family movies.

Relativenoun

a person related by blood or marriage;

police are searching for relatives of the deceasedhe has distant relations back in New Jersey

Familyadjective

Conservative, traditional.

The cultural struggle is for the survival of family values against all manner of atheistic amorality.

Relativenoun

an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus)

Familyadjective

(slang) Homosexual.

I knew he was family when I first met him.

Relativeadjective

not absolute or complete;

a relative stranger

Familynoun

a social unit living together;

he moved his family to VirginiaIt was a good Christian householdI waited until the whole house was asleepthe teacher asked how many people made up his home

Relativeadjective

properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to';

punishment oughtt to be proportional to the crimeearnings relative to production

Familynoun

primary social group; parents and children;

he wanted to have a good job before starting a family

Familynoun

people descended from a common ancestor;

his family has lived in Massachusetts since the Mayflower

Familynoun

a collection of things sharing a common attribute;

there are two classes of detergents

Familynoun

an association of people who share common beliefs or activities;

the message was addressed not just to employees but to every member of the company familythe church welcomed new members into its fellowship

Familynoun

(biology) a taxonomic group containing one or more genera;

sharks belong to the fish family

Familynoun

a person having kinship with another or others;

he's kinhe's family

Familynoun

a loose affiliation of gangsters in charge of organized criminal activities