She did a comparative study of classical and modern art.
I'm taking a class in comparative anatomy.
a comparative analysis of the roles of women in different cultures
The comparative form of “happy” is “happier”; the comparative form of “good” is “better”; the comparative form of “clearly” is “more clearly.” Noun
“Taller” is the comparative of “tall.”
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Following Tuesday’s washout, today was a comparative winner.—Ian Livingston, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2023 One’s critical and comparative faculties can never be fully suspended.—Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 In recent years, some streaming services like Netflix and Max, owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, have begun releasing top 10 lists, but even those are comparative and don’t show detailed viewer numbers.—Paolo Confino, Fortune, 13 Nov. 2023 Village staff members in March were directed to prepare a report to trustees on the feasibility of increasing all impact fees by 6.5% and then afterward annually pegged to the Consumer Price Index and a comparative analysis with what other, similar communities are charging.—Linda Girardi, Chicago Tribune, 16 Aug. 2023 In that study, Arabidopsis did grow, but not as robustly in the lunar soil as in volcanic ash from Earth used for comparative purposes, suggesting that lunar soil could use a little help to become more fertile.—Fox News, 9 Nov. 2023 Is this the fate of a couple that’s been together for a long time, or is Angela searching for something specific?
Couples therapy is another comparative framework, come to think of it.—Willing Davidson, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 If her cousin, Nicolas Cage, broke out, guns blazing, as the Sonny of this Hollywood mafia and her brother Roman’s comparative mediocrity has disappointed in the manner of Fredo, Sofia would take over the family business, recruiting her younger Schwartzman cousins for loyal capos.—Andrew Marzoni, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023 The team included researchers from the Sound Communication and Behavior Group at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, which specializes in the comparative analysis of sounds from an assortment of different sound-makers, including birds, bats, and whales.—Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2023
Alstom said Tuesday that first-quarter sales grew while orders fell against a strong prior-year comparative.—Pierre Bertrand, WSJ, 25 July 2023 Also known as comparatives, web weaving is a genre of Tumblr post that juxtaposes excerpts and images around a central theme.—Vivian Lam, WIRED, 24 Feb. 2023 Soon, the positive reviews of the performance that had yet to take place took a turn toward the comparative.—Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 26 May 2022 Why this matters: Reports from an independent testing organization like AV-Comparatives are important for the average PC user.—Ian Paul, PCWorld, 1 Aug. 2017 Other poll comparatives from March fell like dominoes.—David Paleologos, USA TODAY, 29 June 2017 See More
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