Related term (RT)
A term or a descriptor which is closely semantically related to a given term.

In thesauri are related terms often coded RT and used for other kinds of semantic relations than synonymity (USE; UF), homonymity (separated by paranthetical qualifier) , generic relations and partitative relations (BT; NT). Related terms may, for example express antagonistic relations, active/passive relations, causal relations, locative relations, paradigmatic relations.




Busch, J. (1978). Method for evaluating the multiple relations between subject descriptors: Related terms in The Thesaurus of Engineering and Scientific Terms, A pilot-study. Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science, 15, 59-62.

Neelameghan, A. & Rao, I. K. R. (1976). Non-hierarchical associative relations: Their types and computer-generation of RT links. Library Science with a Slant to Documentation, 13(1), 24-34. 


See also: Semantic relations; Thesauri


Birger Hjørland

Last edited: 22-09-2006