adjective Date: 1829 1. relating to, characterized by, or based on competition <
competitive sports
2. inclined, desiring, or suited to compete <
a competitive personality
salary benefits must be competitive — M. S. Eisenhower
3. depending for effectiveness on the relative concentration of two or more substances <
competitive inhibition of an enzyme
competitively adverbcompetitiveness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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