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Definition of 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.
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comparative in German is vergleichend