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 for Relative clause
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Relative \Rel"a*tive\ (r?l"?-t?v), a. [F. relatif, L. relativus.
     See Relate.]
     1. Having relation or reference; referring; respecting;
        standing in connection; pertaining; as, arguments not
        relative to the subject.
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              I'll have grounds
              More relative than this.              --Shak.
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     2. Arising from relation; resulting from connection with, or
        reference to, something else; not absolute.
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              Every thing sustains both an absolute and a relative
              capacity: an absolute, as it is such a thing, endued
              with such a nature; and a relative, as it is a part
              of the universe, and so stands in such a relations
              to the whole.                         --South.
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     3. (Gram.) Indicating or expressing relation; refering to an
        antecedent; as, a relative pronoun.
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     4. (Mus.) Characterizing or pertaining to chords and keys,
        which, by reason of the identify of some of their tones,
        admit of a natural transition from one to the other.
        --Moore (Encyc. of Music).
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     Relative clause (Gram.), a clause introduced by a relative
        pronoun.
  
     Relative term, a term which implies relation to, as
        guardian to ward, matter to servant, husband to wife. Cf.
        Correlative.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  relative clause
      n 1: a clause introduced by a relative pronoun; "`who visits
           frequently' is a relative clause in the sentence `John, who
           visits frequently, is ill'"

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