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    Default the meaning of the word "relative"

    When some one says the price in shop A is expensive, another person replies that the prices in all shops are relative. I am not sure how to understand the meaning of "relative" here, and what does the whole sentence mean? (the prices in all shops are relative).

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    Default Re: the meaning of the word "relative"

    Quote Originally Posted by Kauther View Post
    When some one someone says the price in shop A is expensive, another person replies that the prices in all shops are relative. I am not sure how to understand the meaning of "relative" here, and what does the whole sentence mean? (the prices in all shops are relative).

    Thanks in advance
    A thing has to be relative to something else. For example, the prices in store A can be high relative to the prices in store B. This means that the prices in store B are lower than the prices in store A and that the prices in store A are high relative to the prices in store B. The price of food in a country can be low relative to the price of not eating (dying from starvation). The cost of peace can be low relative to the cost of war - the cost of peace may be billions of dollars spent in military and diplomatic costs, but the cost of war may be higher in terms of military costs, in total deaths, property loss and war related disabilities. The question you should ask when you read that something is relative, is, relative to what?

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    Default Re: the meaning of the word "relative"

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    A thing has to be relative to something else. For example, the prices in store A can be high relative to the prices in store B. This means that the prices in store B are lower than the prices in store A and that the prices in store A are high relative to the prices in store B. The price of food in a country can be low relative to the price of not eating (dying from starvation). The cost of peace can be low relative to the cost of war - the cost of peace may be billions of dollars spent in military and diplomatic costs, but the cost of war may be higher in terms of military costs, in total deaths, property loss and war related disabilities. The question you should ask when you read that something is relative, is, relative to what?
    Thanks for the concrete explaination. I think I get the point.

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    In this case relative means as compared to.

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