Comparatively
Comparatively Com*par"a*tive*ly, adv. According to estimate made by comparison; relatively; not positively or absolutely. [1913 Webster]

With but comparatively few exceptions. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]


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  • comparatively — like relatively, has been used since at least the early 19c as a ‘downtoning’ adverb, even where actual comparison is not involved: • He had had comparatively little to do with women P. Newton, 1972 • It was a comparatively shabby office G.… …   Modern English usage

  • comparatively —   Comparatively little progress was made in the talks yesterday (Guardian). Compared with what? Comparatively should be reserved for occasions when a comparison is being expressed or at least clearly implied. If all you mean is fairly or only a… …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • comparatively —     Comparatively little progress was made in the talks yesterday (Guardian). Compared with what? Comparatively should be reserved for occasions when a comparison is being expressed or at least clearly implied. If all you mean is fairly or only a …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • comparatively — [kəm par′ə tivlē] adv. 1. in a comparative manner 2. by comparison; relatively * * * See comparative. * * * …   Universalium

  • comparatively — ► ADVERB ▪ to a moderate degree as compared to something else; relatively …   English terms dictionary

  • comparatively — [kəm par′ə tivlē] adv. 1. in a comparative manner 2. by comparison; relatively …   English World dictionary

  • comparatively — com|par|a|tive|ly [kəmˈpærətıvli] adv as compared to something else or to a previous state = ↑relatively ▪ a comparatively small number of people ▪ Comparatively few books have been written on the subject. ▪ Crime on the island is comparatively… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • comparatively — adverb as compared to something else or to a previous state: The children were comparatively well behaved today. | comparatively speaking: This part of the coast is still unspoiled, comparatively speaking …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • comparatively — adv. Comparatively is used with these adjectives: ↑brief, ↑cheap, ↑easy, ↑expensive, ↑harmless, ↑inexpensive, ↑large, ↑liberal, ↑light, ↑limited, ↑low, ↑mi …   Collocations dictionary

  • comparatively — com|par|a|tive|ly [ kəm perətıvli ] adverb * as compared to something else or to a previous situation or state: RELATIVELY: A comparatively large number of students were absent. The technology is still comparatively new …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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