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Comparative meaning

comparative - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. Of or pertaining to comparison.
  2. 2. Proceeding from, or by the method of, comparison; as, the comparative sciences; the comparative anatomy.
  3. 3. Estimated by comparison; relative; not positive or absolute, as compared with another thing or state.
  4. 4. 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. 5. 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. 6. An equal; a rival; a compeer.
  7. 7. One who makes comparisons; one who affects wit.
  8. 8. Estimated by comparison; not absolute.

comparative - examples of usage

  1. They lived in comparative peace with one another. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  2. And the reason of its comparative populousness is to be found in the wheat also. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  3. He has had, and still has, steady employment at a rate of wages sufficient, as is shown by the appearance of his cottage itself, to maintain him in comparative comfort. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
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