Comparative meaning

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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.

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Of, relating to, or being the intermediate degree of comparison of adjectives, as better, sweeter, or more wonderful, or adverbs, as more softly.
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The comparative degree.
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A rival.
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An adjective or adverb expressing the comparative degree.
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That compares; involving comparison as a method, esp. in a branch of study.

Comparative linguistics.

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Estimated by comparison with something else; relative.

A comparative success.

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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.
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Of or relating to comparison.
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Using comparison as a method of study, or founded on something using it.

Comparative anatomy.

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Approximated by comparison; relative.
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(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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(grammar) A word in the comparative form.
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Estimated by comparison; relative.

A comparative newcomer.

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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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