comparative[kəm par′ə tiv]
- The definition of comparative is a comparison or an assessment of similarities and differences between two or more things.
An example of something that would be described as comparative is a report you write on the relative merits of one book over another, a comparative book report.
- that compares; involving comparison as a method, esp. in a branch of study: comparative linguistics
- estimated by comparison with something else; relative: a comparative success
- Gram. designating or of the second degree of comparison of adjectives and adverbs; expressing a greater degree of a quality or attribute than that expressed in the positive degree: usually indicated by the suffix -er (harder) or by the use of more with the positive form (more honest)
Origin of comparativeMiddle English ; from Classical Latin comparativus
- Obsolete a rival
- the comparative degree
- a word or form in this degree
- a. Relating to, based on, or involving comparison.b. Of or relating to the scientific or historical comparison of different phenomena, institutions, or objects, such as languages, legal systems, or anatomical structures, in an effort to understand their origins or relationships.
- Estimated by comparison; relative: a comparative newcomer.
- Grammar Of, relating to, or being the intermediate degree of comparison of adjectives, as better, sweeter, or more wonderful, or adverbs, as more softly.
- The comparative degree.
- An adjective or adverb expressing the comparative degree.
(comparative more comparative, superlative most comparative)