Association vs Relationship - What's the difference?

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Relationship is a synonym of association.

As nouns the difference between association and relationship

is that association is the act of associating while relationship is connection or association; the condition of being related.



(en noun)
  • The act of associating.
  • The state of being associated; a connection to or an affiliation with something.
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  • , author=(Jan Sapp) , title=Race Finished , volume=100, issue=2, page=164 , magazine=(American Scientist) citation , passage=Few concepts are as emotionally charged as that of race. The word conjures up a mixture of associations —culture, ethnicity, genetics, subjugation, exclusion and persecution. But is the tragic history of efforts to define groups of people by race really a matter of the misuse of science, the abuse of a valid biological concept?}}
  • (statistics) Any relationship between two measured quantities that renders them statistically dependent (but not necessarily causal or a correlation).
  • A group of persons associated for a common purpose; an organization; society.
  • Derived terms

    * guilt by association




    (en noun)
  • Connection or association; the condition of being related.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-10, volume=408, issue=8848, magazine=(The Economist), author=Schumpeter
  • , title= Cronies and capitols , passage=Policing the relationship between government and business in a free society is difficult. Businesspeople have every right to lobby governments, and civil servants to take jobs in the private sector.}}
  • Kinship; being related by blood or marriage.
  • A romantic or sexual involvement.
  • A way in which two or more people behave and are involved with each other
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=August 5, author=Nathan Rabin
  • , title= TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “I Love Lisa” (season 4, episode 15; originally aired 02/11/1993) , passage=“I Love Lisa” opens with one of my favorite underappreciated running jokes from The Simpsons : the passive-aggressive, quietly contentious relationship of radio jocks Bill and Marty, whose mindless happy talk regularly gives way to charged exchanges that betray the simmering resentment and disappointment perpetually lingering just under the surface of their relationship .}}
  • (music) The level or degree of affinity between keys, chords and tones.
  • Derived terms


    See also

    * relate * relation * relative