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kəmˈpær ə tɪvCom·par·a·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. comparative, comparative degree(adj)

    the comparative form of an adjective or adverb

    "`faster' is the comparative of the adjective `fast'"; "`less famous' is the comparative degree of the adjective `famous'"; "`more surely' is the comparative of the adverb `surely'"

  2. comparative(adj)

    relating to or based on or involving comparison

    "comparative linguistics"

  3. relative, comparative(adj)

    estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete

    "a relative stranger"


  1. comparative(Noun)

    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.

  2. comparative(Noun)

    A word in the comparative form.

  3. comparative(Adjective)

    Of or relating to comparison.

  4. comparative(Adjective)

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

  5. comparative(Adjective)

    Approximated by comparison; relative.

  6. comparative(Adjective)

    Comparable; bearing comparison.

  7. Origin: Originated 1400–50 from late comparative, from comparativus, equivalent to comparatus, from comparare + -ive, from -ivus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comparative(adj)

    of or pertaining to comparison

  2. Comparative(adj)

    proceeding from, or by the method of, comparison; as, the comparative sciences; the comparative anatomy

  3. Comparative(adj)

    estimated by comparison; relative; not positive or absolute, as compared with another thing or state

  4. Comparative(adj)

    expressing a degree greater or less than the positive degree of the quality denoted by an adjective or adverb. The comparative degree is formed from the positive by the use of -er, more, or less; as, brighter, more bright, or less bright

  5. Comparative(noun)

    the comparative degree of adjectives and adverbs; also, the form by which the comparative degree is expressed; as, stronger, wiser, weaker, more stormy, less windy, are all comparatives

  6. Comparative(noun)

    an equal; a rival; a compeer

  7. Comparative(noun)

    one who makes comparisons; one who affects wit

  8. Origin: [L. comparativus: cf. F. comparatif.]


  1. Comparative

    In linguistics, the comparative is a syntactic construction that serves to express a comparison between two entities or groups of entities in quality, quantity, or degree; it is one of the degrees of comparison, alongside the positive and the superlative. The comparative is signaled in English by the suffix -er or by a word of comparison and the conjunction- or preposition-like word as or than. The comparative is frequently associated with adjectives and adverbs because these words take the -er suffix or modifying word more or less; it can also, however, appear when no adjective or adverb is present, for instance with nouns. The syntax of comparative constructions is poorly understood due to the complexity of the data. In particular, the comparative frequently occurs with independent mechanisms of syntax such as coordination and forms of ellipsis. The interaction of the various mechanisms complicates the analysis. Most if not all languages have some means of forming the comparative, although these means can vary significantly from one language to the next.

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Comparative' in Adjectives Frequency: #800

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Comparative in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Comparative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Comparative in a Sentence

  1. Sandrine Perret:

    Order books are currently very large (and this) gives visibility and makes the group somewhat more resilient from the general economic cycle, it gives the aerospace sector a comparative advantage relative to others that are more sensitive to short-term business fluctuations.

  2. White House spokesman Josh Earnest:

    We are quite concerned about protecting freedom of navigation, the free flow of commerce in the South China Sea, and we're going to continue to encourage all parties, big and small, to resolve their differences diplomatically and to not try to use their comparative size and strength to intimidate their neighbors.

  3. Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei:

    The AIIB needs to establish its comparative advantage relative to existing multilateral development banks like the World Bank, ...Compared with the Asian Development Bank, World Bank and other multilateral development banks, the AIIB's advantage lies in its keener understanding of the successful experience and lessons of developing countries' years of development.

  4. Margaret Mead:

    Women should be permitted to volunteer for non-combat service, they should not be accepted, voluntarily or through the draft, as combat soldiers. We know of no comparable ways of training women and girls, and we have no real way of knowing whether the kinds of training that teach men both courage and restraint would be adaptable to women or effective in a crisis. But the evidence of history and comparative studies of other species suggest that women as a fighting body might be far less amenable to the rules that prevent warfare from becoming a massacre and, with the use of modern weapons, that protect the survival of all humanity. This is what I meant by saying that women in combat might be too fierce.

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