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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.


adjective accordant, adapted, affiliate, affiliated, affined, affinitive, agnate, agreeing, akin, allied, analogous, anent, applicable, apposite, associated, associative, belonging, cognate, coinciding, collateral, commensurable, commensurate, commutual, comparative, compatible, complemental, concerning, concordant, concurrent, conformable, congeneric, congenerous, congruent, congruous, conjoint, conjunct, conjunctive, connate, connatural, connected, connective, consentaneous, consociate, consonant, conspecific, contingent, coordinate, correspondent, corresponding, equivalent, exchangeable, fellow, fitting, germane, homological, interdependent, interlinked, joined, linked, matched, mutual, mutually related, paired, parallel, pertaining, proportionate, reciprocal, related, relating to, relative, relevant, resembling, suitable, suited
Associated concepts: correlative rights doctrine
See also: agreed, akin, analogous, apposite, coequal, coextensive, cognate, comparable, comparative, complement, concomitant, concordant, congruous, convertible, counterpart, germane, harmonious, incident, interlocking, interrelated, mutual, proportionate, reciprocal, related, relative

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.

References in classic literature ?
Yet it does not appear to be true in all cases that correlatives come into existence simultaneously.
As there is no existing word, our definition would perhaps be more accurate if we coined some word like 'ruddered' as the correlative of 'rudder'.
For suppose the correlative of 'the slave' should be said to be 'the man', or the correlative of 'the wing"the bird'; if the attribute 'master' be withdrawn from' the man', the correlation between 'the man' and 'the slave' will cease to exist, for if the man is not a master, the slave is not a slave.
Again, while the object of knowledge, if it ceases to exist, cancels at the same time the knowledge which was its correlative, the converse of this is not true.
The main positional types of relative clauses in Ingrian Finnish are post-nominal clauses (immediately following their heads), extraposed clauses (following the main clause), correlatives (preceding the main clause) and free (i.
Middle American terranes, potential correlatives, and orogenic processes.
And that's Rondinone's strategy, it appears: In locating and arraying object correlatives for daily anxieties, and pressing us through them, he illuminates some kind of path toward acceptance.
Figure 1: Hohfeld's scheme of jural relations Jural claim-right privilege/ power immunity opposites no-right liberty disability liability duty Jural claim-right privilege/ power immunity correlatives duty liberty liability disability no-right
Fincher comes up with shrewd visual correlatives for this change-up, significantly restaging earlier scenes and presenting them in a jerky, stepframe mode.
The sea and music, Hayate (or Accad) seems to feel, become the virtual objective correlatives for her feminist vision of a liberated self.
Your clouds grow whiter, darker, more abstract from one elaborate study to the next, correlatives, or close, to the real sentiment
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.