Merriam-Webster provides the following definitions for the verb "relegate"
2 : ASSIGN:
a : to assign to a place of insignificance or of oblivion :
b : to assign to an appropriate place or situation on the basis of classification or appraisal
(a) & (b) give me a complete different impression of this verb, in which (a) denotes the idea that the thing that is "relegated" is of an inferior quality, whereas (b) is complete neutral as the thing is assigned to an "appropriate" place.
Most other dictionaries (e.g. Cambridge, Macmillian, Collins, all British English dictionaries though) do not even include (b) and define "relegate" as
to move someone or something to a less important position
To native English speakers, what comes to mind when this word is used, heard or read ?