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Definition of Comparative

Comparative

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

Comparative Quotations

In comparing therefore the value of the same commodity, at different periods of time, the consideration of the comparative skill and intensity of labour, required for that particular commodity, needs scarcely to be attended to, as it operates equally at both periods.
David Ricardo

I'm at peace with myself and where I am. In the past, I was always looking to see how everybody else was doing. I wasn't competitive, I was comparative. I just wanted to be where everybody else was. Now I've gotten to an age when I am not comparing anymore.
Courteney Cox

There's no such thing, you know, as picking out the best woman: it's only a question of comparative badness, brother.
Plautus

God bless my father, but he always spoke in this continental, literary accent, probably because he was a professor of comparative literature and he made the decision to speak with distinction.
Nicolas Cage

Juggling many projects and having all these accidental collisions that you can't predict enables a kind of comparative thinking. To focus on a single project from beginning to end is extremely difficult, not just for me, but for many people.
Natalie Jeremijenko
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Comparative Translations

comparative in German is vergleichend

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