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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
com•par•a•tive /kəmˈpærətɪv/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- using comparison as a method of study:[before a noun]comparative anatomy.
- [before a noun] measured, judged, or estimated by comparison: He was a comparative stranger to the town.
- 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).
com•par•a•tive•ly, adv.: This book is comparatively easy to read.
- Grammarthe comparative form of an adjective or adverb:The comparative of good is the word better.
(kəm par′ə tiv),USA pronunciation adj.
- of or pertaining to comparison.
- proceeding by, founded on, or using comparison as a method of study:comparative anatomy.
- estimated by comparison;
not positive or absolute;
relative:a comparative newcomer in politics; to live in comparative luxury.
- Grammarbeing, noting, or pertaining to the intermediate degree of the comparison of adjectives, as better and more beautiful, the comparative forms of good and beautiful, and of adverbs, as nearer and more carefully, the comparative forms of near and carefully. Cf. positive (def. 20), superlative (def. 2).
- Grammarthe comparative degree.
- Grammara form in the comparative.
- Latin comparātīvus, equivalent. to comparāt(us) (past participle of comparāre to compare; see -ate1) + -īvus -ive
- late Middle English 1400–50
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
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