comparative
I. adjective Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, or constituting the degree of comparison in a language that denotes increase in the quality, quantity, or relation expressed by an adjective or adverb 2. considered as if in comparison to something else as a standard not quite attained ; relative <
a comparative stranger
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3. characterized by systematic comparison especially of likenesses and dissimilarities <
comparative anatomy
>
comparatively adverbcomparativeness noun II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. one that compares with another especially on equal footing ; rival b. one that makes witty or mocking comparisons 2. the comparative degree or form in a language

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  • Comparative — Com*par a*tive, n. (Gram.) 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. [1913 Webster] In comparatives… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • comparative — [kəm par′ə tiv] adj. [ME < L comparativus] 1. that compares; involving comparison as a method, esp. in a branch of study [comparative linguistics] 2. estimated by comparison with something else; relative [a comparative success] 3. Gram.… …   English World dictionary

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  • Comparative — For other uses, see Comparative (disambiguation). In grammar, the comparative is the form of an adjective or adverb which denotes the degree or grade by which a person, thing, or other entity has a property or quality greater or less in extent… …   Wikipedia

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