For a relation R in set A

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Reflexive
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Relation is reflexive

If (a, a) ∈ R for every a ∈ A

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Symmetric
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Relation is symmetric,

If (a, b) ∈ R, then (b, a) ∈ R

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Transitive
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Relation is transitive,

If (a, b) ∈ R & (b, c) ∈ R, then (a, c) ∈ R

If relation is reflexive, symmetric and transitive,

it is an
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equivalence relation
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.

Let’s take an example.

Let us define Relation R on Set A = {1, 2, 3}

We will check reflexive, symmetric and transitive

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R = {(1, 1), (2, 2), (3, 3), (1, 2), (2, 3), (1, 3)}
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Check Reflexive
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If the relation is reflexive,
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then (a, a) ∈ R for every a ∈ {1,2,3}
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Since (1, 1) ∈ R ,(2, 2) ∈ R & (3, 3) ∈ R

∴ R is
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reflexive
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Check symmetric
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To check whether symmetric or not,
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If (a, b) ∈ R, then (b, a) ∈ R
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Here (1, 2) ∈ R , but (2, 1) ∉ R

∴ R is
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not
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symmetric
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Check transitive
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To check whether transitive or not,
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If (a
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, b
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, c
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, c
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) ∈ R
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Here, (1, 2) ∈ R and (2, 3) ∈ R and (1, 3) ∈ R

∴ R is
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transitive
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Hence, R is reflexive and transitive but not symmetric

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R = {(1, 1), (2, 2), (3, 3), (1, 2), (2, 3), (1, 3)}
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R = {(1, 1), (2, 2), (3, 3), (1, 2)}
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Check Reflexive
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If the relation is reflexive,
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then (a, a) ∈ R for every a ∈ {1,2,3}
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Since (1, 1) ∈ R ,(2, 2) ∈ R & (3, 3) ∈ R

∴ R is
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reflexive
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Check symmetric
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To check whether symmetric or not,
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If (a, b) ∈ R, then (b, a) ∈ R
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Here (1, 2) ∈ R , but (2, 1) ∉ R

∴ R is
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not
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symmetric
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Check transitive
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To check whether transitive or not,
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If (a
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, b
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, c
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, c
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) ∈ R
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Here, (1, 2) ∈ R and (2, 2) ∈ R and (1, 2) ∈ R

∴ R is
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transitive
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Hence, R is reflexive and transitive but not symmetric

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R = {(1,
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2),
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2, 1)}
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R = {(1, 1), (1, 2), (2, 1)}
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Check
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Reflexive
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If the relation is reflexive,
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then (a, a) ∈ R for every a ∈ {1,2,3}
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Since (1, 1) ∈ R but (2, 2) ∉ R & (3, 3) ∉ R

∴ R is
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not reflexive
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Check symmetric
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To check whether symmetric or not,
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If (a, b) ∈ R, then (b, a) ∈ R
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Here (1, 2) ∈ R , and (2, 1) ∈ R

∴ R is
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symmetric
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Check transitive
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To check whether transitive or not,
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If (a
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, b
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) ∈ R & (b
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, c
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) ∈ R , then (a
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, c
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) ∈ R
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Here, (1, 2) ∈ R and (2, 1) ∈ R and (1, 1) ∈ R

∴ R is
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transitive
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Hence, R is symmetric and transitive but not reflexive