analmostornot quiteassociation, or involvement between individuals that has similar characteristics and qualities of a traditional 'relationship' (as defined below) but lacks the blood or emotional connection of a 'relationship'
Origin: relation - ship 1744, "sense of being related," from relation + -ship; Specifically of romantic or sexual relationships by 1944 relationship [ri-ley-shuhn-ship]
noun 1. a connection, association, or involvement. 2. connection between persons by blood or marriage. 3. an emotional or other connection between people: the relationship between teachers and students. 4. a sexual involvement; affair. 5. the state of being connected or related 6. association by blood or marriage; kinship 7. the mutual dealings, connections, or feelings that exist between two parties, countries, people, etc: a business relationship 8. an emotional or sexual affair or liaison 9. logic, maths another name for relation