noun Philosophy.

  1. any theory holding that criteria of judgment are relative, varying with individuals and their environments.


  1. any theory holding that truth or moral or aesthetic value, etc, is not universal or absolute but may differ between individuals or culturesSee also historicism

1865, in philosophy, from relative (adj.) + -ism. Cf. relativist.

The doctrine that no ideas or beliefs are universally true but that all are, instead, “relative” — that is, their validity depends on the circumstances in which they are applied.

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