Comparative Definition

kəm-părə-tĭv
adjective
That compares; involving comparison as a method, esp. in a branch of study.
Comparative linguistics.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
Estimated by comparison with something else; relative.
A comparative success.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
Using comparison as a method of study, or founded on something using it.
Comparative anatomy.
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noun
A rival.
Webster's New World
The comparative degree.
Webster's New World
A word or form in this degree.
Webster's New World

(grammar) A construction showing a relative quality, in English usually formed by adding more or appending -er. For example, the comparative of green is greener; of evil, more evil.

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Noun

Singular:
comparative
Plural:
comparatives

Origin of Comparative

  • From Middle French comparatif, from Latin comparativus, equivalent to comparatus, from comparare (“to compare”) + -ive, from Latin -ivus.

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