ri·​val·​rous | \ ˈrī-vəl-rəs How to pronounce rivalrous (audio) \

Definition of rivalrous

: given to rivalry : competitive

Examples of rivalrous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Highways are clearly rivalrous, as anyone who has been in a traffic jam can attest. Dominic Pino, National Review, 13 June 2021 In the notoriously rivalrous world of car design, there’s little agreement about what that soundscape should be. Time, 6 Apr. 2021 That quartet tracked the rivalrous friendship of two women, Lila and Lenù, from girlhood to old age, and seemed the sort of opus one writes to punctuate the end of a career. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, 24 Dec. 2020 His White House became one of the most rivalrous in history, chaotic and leak-prone. Tevi Troy, WSJ, 2 Jan. 2021 But with the rivalrous spirit that has characterized the race to build a quantum computer, IBM cast doubt on Google’s claim. Yaacov Benmeleh, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2020 The endeavor is the latest in China’s ambitious plans to expand its research in space, a rivalrous aspect of the U.S-China relationship. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2020 After university, his rise was swift, and deeply alarming to a rivalrous father. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2020 Her quartet of Neapolitan novels, following a pair of rivalrous friends in postwar Italy, has sold more than 11 million copies worldwide, and was made into an HBO series. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of rivalrous

1812, in the meaning defined above

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“Rivalrous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rivalrous. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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