close, near

The succession passed to the nearest surviving relative.

blood, family

If you die without a will, only a husband, wife, children and blood relatives are entitled to inherit your property.


The deceased's immediate relatives will inherit her estate.

living, surviving
elderly, old
female, male

He greeted me like a long-lost relative.

poor (often figurative)

He believes that interior design is the poor relative of (= inferior to) architecture.

dependent (esp. BrE)

the increase in dependent elderly relatives

disabled, ill, sick

people who care for a sick or disabled relative

bereaved, grieving (both esp. BrE)

I have no parents or close relatives.


an organization that helps people who have lost relatives (= whose relatives have died)

care for, give support to, help, look after (esp. BrE), support, take care of (esp. AmE)

She's caring for an elderly relative.

live with
stay with, visit
find, trace (esp. BrE)

The police are trying to find the relatives of the deceased.

contact, inform

The names of the victims are being withheld until the relatives have been informed.

friends and relatives, friends or relatives

an intimate reception for close friends and relatives

a relative by marriage
Relative is used with these nouns: ↑abundance, ↑advantage, ↑anonymity, ↑autonomy, ↑clause, ↑comfort, ↑conservatism, ↑contribution, ↑decrease, ↑deprivation, ↑distribution, ↑ease, ↑effectiveness, ↑efficiency, ↑failure, ↑freedom, ↑frequency, ↑harmony, ↑humidity, ↑importance, ↑impotence, ↑inactivity, ↑independence, ↑inexperience, ↑influence, ↑insignificance, ↑isolation, ↑lack, ↑luxury, ↑magnitude, ↑merit, ↑neglect, ↑obscurity, ↑peace, ↑percentage, ↑position, ↑privacy, ↑probability, ↑pronoun, ↑proportion, ↑prosperity, ↑quiet, ↑risk, ↑safety, ↑scarcity, ↑seclusion, ↑silence, ↑simplicity, ↑size, ↑stability, ↑status, ↑stranger, ↑strength, ↑success, ↑term, ↑uniformity, ↑unknown, ↑weakness, ↑wealth

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