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Synonym-Request: There are several tags on Stack Overflow which could be synonyms of .

I propose that the primary tag be (or perhaps ):

From Merriam-Webster: a noun whose second definition (probably the most relevant) is:

an aspect or quality (as resemblance) that connects two or more things or parts as being or belonging or working together or as being of the same kind ; specifically : a property (as one expressed by is equal to, is less than, or is the brother of) that holds between an ordered pair of objects -- (retrieved on Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:30am EST)

From Merriam-Webster: a noun --

the state of being related -- (retrieved on Aug 15, 2011 @ 10:30am EST)

Probable synonyms of :

A few tags could be synonyms, but I'm not sure. As a statistician, I want to say these are a separate topic:

And a few tags which are close which shouldn't be synonyms:

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I'm not sure the dictionary definition of the word matters much; IMO each tag should have a specific technical meaning or it becomes useless.

In this case, the common use of most of these tags is to express relations in a relational database. Whether we actually need a tag for the relations themselves is debatable, although we certainly don't need 6 different tags for the same concept.

seems to be applicable to a specific software package (although perhaps the tag should be ) on one question, with the other 4 being the sort of "the word 'relate' appears in my question so I'll make it a tag for no apparent reason" tagging; in none of the questions is it taking about relations in the RDBMS sense.

looks like a similarly useless tag, although in a couple of cases it could be changed to meaningfully.

is mostly a synonym in its usage, although there are cases where it's talking about OO inheritance rather than relations in a database.

looks like a strict synonym, and with more usage than may be a better fit as the main term.

is completely unrelated, although it is itself ambiguous IMO.

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I certainly agree about relate+, but I don't have the rep required (1500) to create it. –  M. Tibbits Aug 16 '11 at 15:09

& could be synonyms of :

  • If two items are correlated, then a relation exists between them.


  • correlation implies a bidirectional relationship whereas a could be one direction.

So perhaps: (with 12 questions) & -> ?

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