referential integrity


A collection of properties which should be possessed by data in a relational database.

For example, in a database of family members, if we enter A as a spouse of B, we should also enter B as a spouse of A. Similarly, if we remove one end of the relationship we should also remove the other.

Last updated: 1998-02-18

Nearby terms:

reference countingreferential integrityreferentially transparent

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