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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun relationship:

spoken English23.97%written English76.03% imaginative writing21.71%informational writing78.29%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun relationship:

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Definition of the noun relationship

What does relationship mean as a name of something?

Relationship is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.

noun - plural: relationships

  1. a relation between people; (`relationship' is often used where `relation' would serve, as in `the relationship between inflation and unemployment', but the preferred usage of `relationship' is for human relations or states of relatedness)
    • example: the relationship between mothers and their children
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • synonym of relationship: human relationship
    • more generic word: relation = an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
    • more specific terms:
  2. a state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection)
    • example: he didn't want his wife to know of the relationship
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: state = the way something is with respect to its main attributes
    • more specific terms:
  3. a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
  4. (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption

Alternative definition of the noun relationship


  1. Connection or association; the condition of being related.
  2. Kinship; being related by blood or marriage.
  3. A romantic or sexual involvement.
  4. [music] The level or degree of affinity between keys, chords and tones.


  1. "Relationship" is a musical album of Nancey Jackson.
  2. "Relationship" is a composition.


  1. Relationship: An archaeological relationship is the position in space and by implication, in time, of an object or context with respect to another. This is determined, not by linear measurement but by determining the sequence of their deposition - which arrived before the other. The key to this is stratigraphy.
  2. Relationship: A vocabulary for describing relationships between people.

Phrases with Relationship

Phrases ending with the word Relationship:

  1. Open relationship
  2. human relationship
  3. family relationship
  4. sexual relationship
  5. marital relationship
  6. Rebound Relationship
  7. spousal relationship
  8. business relationship
  9. friendly relationship
  10. personal relationship
  11. Platonic Relationship

Other phrases containing the word Relationship:

  1. Entity-Relationship Model
  2. Entity-Relationship Diagram

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Relationship

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Google previewRelationship Is the Transformative Space (2016)

Living in the Not Yet by Darryl Wooldridge

conversation with God in relationship is the fullest experience of imago Dei. from this conversation comes the image bearing and outworking to the creation in which we live and thereby ...

Google previewFeeling Fooled: How to Stop Letting Your Negative Emotions Wreck Your Life (2001)

by Orv Nease

A MARRIAGE RELATIONSHIP is a communication of spirit between a husband and a wife.

Relationship is the giving and receiving, the investment of human energy that reflects the quality of communication between two people.

Google previewA Course in Miracles (2008)

The Healed Relationship The holy relationship is the expression of the holy instant in living in this world. Like everything...

Google previewQuickBooks 2015 All-in-One For Dummies (2014)

by Stephen L. Nelson

In fact, vary-with-profit costs can have one of three relationships: independentindependent, independent-dependent, or dependent-dependent. The independent-independent relationship is the easiest to deal with. If two vary- with-profit costs ...

Google preview奇蹟課程電子書 繁體中英對照版

by 若水 譯

The holy relationship is the expression of the holy instant in living in this world. 2 Like everything about...

Google previewResearch in Psychotherapy (2007)

by Julian Meltzoff, Melvin Kornreich

A therapeutic relationship is a special case of dyadic relationships in general and subject to the same laws, or at least the same folk lore. The infinite wisdom of folk lore is often attained by presenting equally plausible but opposite alternatives.

Google previewBoundary Spanning (2002)

An Ecological Reinterpretation of Social Work Practice in Health and Mental Health Systems by Toba Schwaber Kerson

relationship is a connection, association, or involvement. For human beings, meaning is constituted through relationships, and the development of relationships through time is the basis of human activity from consciousness to culture.

Google previewSacred Relationships (2014)

by Dr. Kate Pola Brooks

Every relationship is a lesson in the honoring of Self and others. Without fail or reserve, every...

At all levels; physical, mental, emotional, soul and spirit, the relationship is the point of connection. 15 Body.

Google previewPsychoanalytic Couple Therapy (2014)

Foundations of Theory and Practice by David E. Scharff, Jill Savege Scharff

a therapeutic relationship is the first task that faces the analytic couple therapist. twoindividuals Beginning with the phone call Establishing the therapeutic relationship starts on the phone before you even see the couple. One of the partners ...

Google previewThe Love, Sex, and Relationship Dream Dictionary (2016)

Your Guide to Interpreting 1,000 Common Dreams and Symbols about Your Romantic Life by Kelly Sullivan Walden

Dreams of a birthday signify a new beginning of a growth cycle or opportunity in your relationship. You may be feeling seen, appreciated, and celebrated in your relationship. If, however, this is not a joyous occasion, you might be grappling ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (1994)

by Sylvia Chalker, Edmund Weiner

Thus in All power corrupts, all + power + corrupts are in a syntagmatic relationship with each other; the constitutents can be analysed in terms of syntactic function, in this example a subject (consisting of a determiner and noun) plus a verb.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Anglo-American Relations (2009)

by Sylvia Ellis

The “special relationship” existing between the United States and the United Kingdom (Great Britain) is exceptional in more ways than one. It is singular in the very positive sense that these two countries have managed to remain on sufficiently ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Counseling (2013)

Master Review and Tutorial for the National Counselor Examination, State Counseling Exams, and the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination by Howard Rosenthal

Key exam reminder related to all theories of counseling and the helping relationship: The 2005 American Counseling Association ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Literature and Politics: S-Z (2005)

by M. Keith Booker

This three-volume encyclopedia brings together a wide variety of information on the relationship between literature and politics in a conveniently accessible encyclopedia format. The encyclopedia is international in scope, covering relevant ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

The relationship between abstraction and actuality is a problematic one and in linguistics has traditionally been avoided by imposing a clear distinction between them. Thus Saussure proposed that langue, a community«s common knowledge ...

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Sign language

DTV South African Sign Language Lessons - Relationship Status

This week's new vocabulary in South African Sign Language is all about relationships and relationship status.

Quotes about Relationship

Every relationship between persons causes a picture of each to take form in the mind of the other, and this picture evidently is in reciprocal relationship with that personal relationship. (Georg Simmel)
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Scrabble value of R1E1L1A1T1I1O1N1S1H4I1P3

The value of this 12-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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