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    Relative vs Relevant

    Hi people

    I could not grasp the mean different between 'relative' and relevant'.
    From Cambridge Dictionary; relative mean : something connected with particular supject , as in ' Are these documents relative to the discussion?

    On the other hand, relevant mean ; connected with what is happening or being discussedm but if I tried to use it i the pervious sentence as 'Are these documents relevant to the discussion?', I don not see any differnece in meaning between them ??
    Please could you explain it to me ..


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    Re: Relative vs Relevant

    They are very close, sometimes clearly synonyms.

    Think of the roots of each word.

    Related (think of family)
    Revealing (think of a mirror, or an exposť, a newspaper article that gives you more information).

    Things that are related are connected, but not necessarily revealing.
    Things that are relevant may have no immediatelly apparent relation, but are still important to consider. (Usually, if something is relevant, it becomes related simply because it is now acknowledged to be relevant - and suddenly they become synonyms.)

    I would say that relevant includes the concept of related;
    does not necessarily include the concept of relevance.
    Last edited by jlinger; 19-Oct-2008 at 16:09.

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