relative rel‧a‧tive [ˈrelətɪv] adjective
having a particular value or quality when compared with similar things:

• the relative strength of the dollar

• IBM was a relative latecomer to the laptop market.

— relatively adverb :

• The system is relatively easy to use.

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relatively UK US /ˈrelətɪvli/ adverb
in comparison with other similar things or with what you expect: »

A few states across the country have remained in relatively good shape.

relatively few/little »

Scottish businesses have relatively few problems with skill levels in the workforce compared to the rest of Britain.

relatively low/high/weak »

Interest rate levels are expected to remain relatively low.

relatively cheap/inexpensive »

Phone calls are relatively cheap, with a mix of monthly packages and pay-as you-go services.

relatively easy/simple »

Online sales are relatively easy to track.

relatively new/recent »

Wireless internet radio is still a relatively new product category.

relatively large/small »

Investments that generally go up or down in value in relatively small amounts are considered ""low volatility"" investments.

relatively speaking — Cf. relatively speaking

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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