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comparative

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adjective com·par·a·tive \-tiv\

Simple Definition of comparative

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of comparative

  1. 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. 2 :  considered as if in comparison to something else as a standard not quite attained :  relative <a comparative stranger>

  3. 3 :  characterized by systematic comparison especially of likenesses and dissimilarities <comparative anatomy>

comparatively

adverb

comparativeness

noun

Examples of comparative in a sentence

  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.



15th Century

First Known Use of comparative

15th century


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comparative

noun com·par·a·tive

Simple Definition of comparative

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of comparative

  1. 1 a :  one that compares with another especially on equal footing :  rival b :  one that makes witty or mocking comparisons

  2. 2 :  the comparative degree or form in a language

Examples of comparative in a sentence

  1. Taller is the comparative of tall.



15th Century

First Known Use of comparative

15th century

Rhymes with comparative


COMPARATIVE Defined for Kids

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comparative

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

Definition of comparative for Students

  1. 1 :  not entirely but more so than others :  relative <We live in comparative freedom.>

  2. 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.”>

comparatively

adverb <It was a comparatively easy hike.>



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comparative

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noun com·par·a·tive

Definition of comparative for Students

  1. :  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

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

Medical Definition of comparative

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




Law Dictionary

comparative

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

Legal Definition of comparative

  1. :  characterized by systematic comparison <comparative contribution, which apportions according to…respective fault — W. L. Prosser and W. P. Keeton>

comparatively

adverb




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