Relations and Relationships

Posted by GPP on September 17, 2003

In Reply to: Relations and Relationships posted by AA on September 17, 2003

: What are the differences between Relations and Relationships both in terms of meaning and use? Thanks.

This question goes back to your earlier post, "What's your experience on the racial relationships in America? - AA 11/September/03".

There's no simple answer for these two similar words; each is used in various idiomatic ways. I think I would recommend you go to and type in first one word and then the other. Onelook will return a list of definitions and usages from several different sources. Some of these will be more helpful than others, but you should glance through each reference cited. You'll see there's a great deal of overlap in both the meanings and uses of the two words, but the distinctions in their idiomatic use will gradually become clear.