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comparative

adjective com·par·a·tive \ kəm-ˈper-ə-tiv , -ˈpa-rə- \
|Updated on: 7 Jul 2018

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
  • The comparative form of happy is happier.
  • The comparative form of clearly is more clearly.
2 : considered as if in comparison to something else as a standard not quite attained : relative
  • a comparative stranger
  • She's a comparative newcomer to the company.
3 : characterized by systematic comparison especially of likenesses and dissimilarities
  • comparative anatomy
  • a comparative analysis of the roles of women in different cultures

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.”

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Origin and Etymology of comparative

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comparative

noun

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
  • The comparative of tall is taller.

Examples of comparative in a Sentence

  1. “Taller” is the comparative of “tall.”

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First Known Use of comparative

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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COMPARATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

comparative

Definition of comparative for English Language Learners

  • : 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


comparative

Definition of comparative for English Language Learners

  • : 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


COMPARATIVE Defined for Kids

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comparative

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

Definition of comparative for Students

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.”

comparatively

adverb
  • It was a comparatively easy hike.

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comparative

noun

Definition of comparative for Students

: 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

Law Dictionary

comparative

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

legal Definition of comparative

: 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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