Sunday, October 17, 2004

Definition of relationship

When you say you have a relationship with someone. Which of the following definition do you mean?:

1. The condition or fact of being related; connection or association.
2. Connection by blood or marriage; kinship.
3. A particular type of connection existing between people related to or having dealings with each other: has a close relationship with his siblings.
4. A romantic or sexual involvement.

My friend claims it usually means number 4, and I say number 1 or 3. My argument is that numbers 1 and 3 are sufficiently general. Whereas number 4 is too specific.

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