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It is not clear what relationship this recovery program —————- (with) scientific discoveries.

What I want to say is that the relationship between the two is not clear. That is, it’s not clear whether the program takes advantage of scientific discoveries or not, whether scientific findings affect such program or not, and so on.

What is a good verb for relationship in that context? Should I just go with ‘have’? What about ‘hold’? Also, ‘bear’ comes to my mind. I am not sure about any of these. ‘Have’ is too general, used everywhere, so might be not appropriate for a scholarly journal.

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    I recommend researching bear and establish as relevant verbs. I do not put this as an answer, because you have already suggested bear yourself and should have told us why you do not want to use it.
    – Anton
    Commented Aug 27, 2022 at 7:03
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    Unless you specify why "have" and "bear" are not satisfactory, this question is off-topic because of requesting an ideal word.
    – fev
    Commented Aug 27, 2022 at 12:27
  • @fev I am not sure about them. Are they good enough? ‘Have’ is too general, used everywhere, so might be not appropriate for a scholarly journal.
    – Sasan
    Commented Aug 27, 2022 at 12:41
  • @fev I added more to the question.
    – Sasan
    Commented Aug 27, 2022 at 12:43

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First of all, there is nothing wrong with "have". You say: "‘Have’ is too general, used everywhere, so might be not appropriate for a scholarly journal." However, common, easily understandable language works very well for scholarly journals; abstruse, rare words often impede comprehension and result in poor writing.

If you insist on avoiding "have" but still want something concise, then consider changing the noun "relationship" into a verb:

It is not clear how this recovery program relates to scientific discoveries.

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The verb "entail" seems usable in that construction, provided a small modification is made to the preposition: "with" becomes the complex preposition "with respect to".

(SOED) entail 4 Necessitate as a consequence; have as an inevitable accompaniment, involve

  • It is not clear what relationship this recovery program entails with respect to scientific discoveries.

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