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Having a reciprocal relationship in that the existence of one relationship normally implies the existence of the other.

Mother and child, and duty and claim, are correlative terms.

In the law governing gas and oil transactions, a correlative right is the opportunity of each owner of land making up part of a common source of supply of oil and gas to produce an equitable share of such products.

In the law governing Water Rights, the correlative rights doctrine gives the individual owners of land overlying a strata of percolating waters limited rights to use the water reasonably when there is not enough water to meet the needs of everyone in the area.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

CORRELATIVE. This term is used to designate those things, one of which cannot exist without another; for example, father and child; mountain and valley, &c. Law, obligation, right, and duty, are therefore correlative to each other.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In sections 3 and 4, IA-constructions are compared respectively with externally headed (postnominal and extraposed) and internally headed relatives (in Ingrian Finnish represented only by correlatives).
With contributors primarily from North America, the book is sectioned into three parts: the Middle American Terranes, including Oaxaquia, Mixteca, Sierra Madre, Chuacus, and Chortis Terrane and the North American Craton; followed by potential correlatives, and orogenic processes.
For example, if "X has a claim-right against Y that Y [empty set]s," the jural correlative is that "Y has a duty toward X to [empty set]" and the jural opposite is that "X has a no-right against Y." (12) Central to the construction of the Hohfeldian scheme of rights is the notion of correlativity: the relationship between two jural agents, X and Y, comprises two symmetrical relations--X's relation with Y, and Y's relation with X--where each one is, as a matter of logic, the correlative of the other.
Their topics include subjects, argument structure and argument structure alternations, clitic pronouns, voice and voice alterations, causative and perception verbs, copular and existential constructions, negation and polarity, dislocations and framing, cleft constructions, coordination and correlatives, gender and number, determination and quantification, adjectival and genitival modification, syntheticity and analyticity, and basic constituent orders.
Today, Schonberg's paintings--seen here in a show of around 150 canvases, more than half his entire output--are valued precisely because these psychologically unedited works look more like outsider art than like correlatives of the notoriously abstruse "second Viennese school" of composition.
Writers aren't meant to admit such things, but I often feel, looking at his work, that I have no idea what he's doing - or, rather, that whatever meanings I might find in or bring to the work have correlatives in extraordinary and incalculable systems of Barney's own.
In the Matisse work flatness is all, a flatness against which he plays the most outrageous counterpoint of shapes, colors, and patterns without ever sacrificing easy recognition of the objective correlatives of pictorial inventiveness.
The difference lies in the surfaces, which are elegantly thin compared to the scraped and battered canvases that used to serve as the visual correlatives of the scenes depicted on them.
It argues that obligations must be taken to be more fundamental than rights, on the grounds that there are (or that in principle there may be) obligations without correlative rights.