: 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.
: considered as if in comparison to something else as a standard not quite attained : relative
- She's a comparative newcomer to the company.
: characterized by systematic comparison especially of likenesses and dissimilarities
- a comparative analysis of the roles of women in different cultures