Definition of Comparative

1. Noun. The comparative form of an adjective or adverb. "`more surely' is the comparative of the adverb `surely'"

2. Adjective. Relating to or based on or involving comparison. "Comparative linguistics"
Derivative terms: Compare
Partainyms: Comparison

3. Adjective. Estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete. "A relative stranger"
Exact synonyms: Relative
Similar to: Relational
Derivative terms: Compare, Compare, Relativity
Antonyms: Absolute

Definition of Comparative

1. a. Of or pertaining to comparison.

2. n. 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.

Definition of Comparative

1. Adjective. Of or relating to comparison. ¹

2. Adjective. Using comparison as a method of study, or founded on something using it. ¹

3. Adjective. Approximated by comparison; relative. ¹

4. Adjective. (obsolete) Comparable; bearing comparison. ¹

5. Noun. (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''. ¹

6. Noun. (grammar) A word in the '''comparative''' form. ¹

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Definition of Comparative

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Comparative

comparable function
comparable functions
comparable to(p)
comparable with(p)
comparable worth
comparative (current term)
comparative anatomist
comparative anatomy
comparative case
comparative cases
comparative degree
comparative degrees
comparative ethics
comparative linguist
comparative linguistics
comparative literature
comparative medicine
comparative negligence
comparative pathology
comparative physiology

Literary usage of Comparative

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1908)
"Cumulative comparative rainfall table for Georgetown, El Dorado Co., ... comparative table giving statistics of seasonal rainfall at Foothill station. ..."

2. OECD Economic Surveys by OECD Staff (2004)
"comparative advantage and disadvantage While there have been important improvements both in the efficiency and competitiveness of most branches of Russian ..."

3. Report by Tasmania Dept. of Mines (1897)
"Annual Report of the Secretary for Mines 7 Diamond Drills : Statement of Work done 13 Gold: comparative Statement of Gold Won 14 „ Quantity ..."

4. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1905)
"A New comparative Histology.1—The enormous mass of observations accumulated by histologists during the last decade has been greatly in need of such a ..."

5. The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle by Aristotle (1891)
"See WORKS ON comparative PHILOLOGY, THE SCIENCE OF LANGUAGE, etc., and likewise Catalogue of Chinese and Japanese Books, New and Second-hand, sent post free ..."

6. The Primitive Family in Its Origin and Development by Carl Nicolai Starcke (1889)
"The comparative method—The materials for inquiry—The hypotheses of evolution and degradation—Question of uniformity of primitive state —Anthropology and ..."

7. Romeo and Julietby William Shakespeare, Peter Augustin Daniel by William Shakespeare, Peter Augustin Daniel (1874)
"Gabriel Harvey's Third Letter, from his ' Foure Letters and certaine Sonnets,' 1592; h. five sections,—Poetrie; Poets; comparative Discourse of our English ..."

8. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1895)
"An Introduction to comparative Psychology, CL MORGAN. London, Walter Scott; imported by Chas. Scribner's Sons, New York, 1894. Pp. xiv + 382. ..."

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