Dictionary

1comparative

adjective com·par·a·tive \-tiv\

: seeming to be something when compared with others

: involving the act of looking at the ways that things are alike or different

grammar : of or relating to the form of an adjective or adverb that is used to indicate more of a particular quality

Full Definition of COMPARATIVE

1
:  of, relating to, or constituting the degree of comparison in a language that denotes increase in the quality, quantity, or relation expressed by an adjective or adverb
2
:  considered as if in comparison to something else as a standard not quite attained :  relative <a comparative stranger>
3
:  characterized by systematic comparison especially of likenesses and dissimilarities <comparative anatomy>
com·par·a·tive·ly adverb
com·par·a·tive·ness noun
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Examples of COMPARATIVE

  1. She did a comparative study of classical and modern art.
  2. I'm taking a class in comparative anatomy.
  3. a comparative analysis of the roles of women in different cultures
  4. The comparative form of happy is happier; the comparative form of good is better; the comparative form of clearly is more clearly.

First Known Use of COMPARATIVE

15th century

2comparative

noun

: the comparative form of an adjective or adverb : the form of an adjective or adverb that is used to indicate more of a particular quality

Full Definition of COMPARATIVE

1
a :  one that compares with another especially on equal footing :  rival
b :  one that makes witty or mocking comparisons
2
:  the comparative degree or form in a language

Examples of COMPARATIVE

  1. Taller is the comparative of tall.

First Known Use of COMPARATIVE

15th century

Rhymes with COMPARATIVE

COMPARATIVE Defined for Kids

1comparative

adjective com·par·a·tive \kəm-ˈper-ə-tiv\

Definition of COMPARATIVE for Kids

1
:  not entirely but more so than others :  relative <We live in comparative freedom.>
2
:  of or relating to the form of an adjective or adverb that shows an increase in the quality that the adjective or adverb expresses <“Taller” is the comparative form of “tall.”>
com·par·a·tive·ly adverb <It was a comparatively easy hike.>

2comparative

noun

Definition of COMPARATIVE for Kids

:  the degree or form in a language that indicates an increase in the quality expressed by an adjective or adverb <“Taller” is the comparative of “tall.”>
Medical Dictionary

comparative

adjective com·par·a·tive \kəm-ˈpar-ət-iv\

Medical Definition of COMPARATIVE

:  characterized by the systematic comparison of phenomena and especially of likenesses and dissimilarities <comparative anatomy> <the study of blood types by comparative analysis>
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