WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
com•par•a•tive /kəmˈpærətɪv/USA pronunciation
- [before a noun] using comparison as a method of study:comparative anatomy.
- [before a noun] measured, judged, or estimated by comparison: He was a comparative stranger to the town.
- of 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).
com•par•a•tive•ly,adv.: This book is comparatively easy to read.
- the comparative form of an adjective or adverb:The comparative of good is the word better.
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comparative /kəmˈpærətɪv/ adj
- denoting or involving comparison: comparative literature
- judged by comparison; relative: a comparative loss of prestige
- 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
comˈparatively adv comˈparativeness n
- the comparative form of an adjective
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