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com•par•a•tive /kəmˈpærətɪv/USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. [before a noun] using comparison as a method of study:comparative anatomy.
  2. [before a noun] measured, judged, or estimated by comparison: He was a comparative stranger to the town.
  3. Grammarof or naming a form of adjectives and adverbs used to show an increase in quality, quantity, or intensity:The words smaller, better, and more carefully are the comparative forms of small, good, and carefully.Compare positive (def. 22),superlative (def. 2).

n. [countable]
  • Grammarthe comparative form of an adjective or adverb:The comparative of good is the word better.
  • com•par•a•tive•ly,adv.: This book is comparatively easy to read.

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    comparative /kəmˈpærətɪv/ adj
    1. denoting or involving comparison: comparative literature
    2. judged by comparison; relative: a comparative loss of prestige
    3. denoting the form of an adjective that indicates that the quality denoted is possessed to a greater extent. In English the comparative form of an adjective is usually marked by the suffix -er or the word more
    1. the comparative form of an adjective

    comˈparatively adv comˈparativeness n

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