a state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection)
- "he didn't want his wife to know of the relationship"
(`relationship' is often used where `relation' would serve (as in "the relationship between inflation and unemployment")) preferred usage of `relationship' is for human relations or states of relatedness
- "the relationship between mothers and children"
a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
(anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption