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relative +‎ -ize

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relativize (third-person singular simple present relativizes, present participle relativizing, simple past and past participle relativized)

  1. To make one thing relative to another.
    • 1996, Lisa Sowle Cahill, Sex, Gender, and Christian Ethics, page 256:
      However, many thinkers (Protestant and Catholic) have used historical-critical methods to relativize New Testament materials on sex and gender to their original settings, rather quickly substituting for "obsolete" moral prohibitions a modern, liberal set of values []
  2. (grammar) To make relative.
    to relativize indirect objects

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