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Adjective: comparative  kum'per-u-tiv or kum'pa-ru-tiv [N. Amer], kum'pa-ru-tiv [Brit]
  1. Relating to or based on or involving comparison
    "comparative linguistics"
     
  2. Estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete
    "a comparative stranger";
    - relative
Noun: comparative  kum'per-u-tiv or kum'pa-ru-tiv [N. Amer], kum'pa-ru-tiv [Brit]
  1. The comparative form of an adjective or adverb
    "'faster' is the comparative of the adjective 'fast'"; "'less famous' is the comparative degree of the adjective 'famous'"; "'more surely' is the comparative of the adverb 'surely'";
    - comparative degree

Derived forms: comparatives

See also: relational

Type of: adjective, adverb

Encyclopedia: Comparative