- of or relating to comparison.
- proceeding by, founded on, or using comparison as a method of study: comparative anatomy.
- estimated by comparison; not positive or absolute; relative: a comparative newcomer in politics; to live in comparative luxury.
- Grammar. being, noting, or pertaining to the intermediate degree of the comparison of adjectives, as better and more beautiful, the comparative forms of good and beautiful, and of adverbs, as nearer and more carefully, the comparative forms of near and carefully.Compare positive(def 21), superlative(def 2).
- the comparative degree.
- a form in the comparative.
Origin of comparative
Examples from the Web for comparatively
Egypt has a comparatively low number of HIV cases compared to the rest of Africa, with just 11,000 infected people nationwide.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays
December 30, 2014
Comparatively, during those same years CBP flagged 21 percent of migrants from other countries for credible fear interviews.U.S. Extends Protection To Honduran Immigrants
October 16, 2014
We ignore the comparatively free elections held in Iran, elections that bring the likes of a Hassan Rouhani to the presidency.Here’s What the U.S. Has to Do to Deal With the Mad Middle East
Leslie H. Gelb
July 16, 2014
In post-bust New York, rents were comparatively low and so the model worked.The Cupcake Boom’s Sugar High Finally Crashes
July 8, 2014
Comparatively, in the same period the American averages were 34.3 teen pregnancies per 1000 and 20 abortions per 1000.Forget The Pill, IUD Is The New Queen of Birth Control
May 30, 2014
To us in the North, the African is a comparatively negligible factor.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
The way to do this must still be learnt, but it is now comparatively easy.
Nothing like that ever happened to a ship of the line on a comparatively quiet night!Quaint Courtships
All other pieces are, for this purpose, comparatively hard and tough.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
"Ladies and gentlemen," he bawled from his comparatively obscure corner.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
- denoting or involving comparisoncomparative literature
- judged by comparison; relativea comparative loss of prestige
- grammar denoting the form of an adjective that indicates that the quality denoted is possessed to a greater extent. In English the comparative form of an adjective is usually marked by the suffix -er or the word moreCompare positive (def. 10), superlative (def. 2)
- the comparative form of an adjective
Word Origin and History for comparatively
mid-15c., from Middle French comparatif, from Latin comparativus "pertaining to comparison," from comparat-, past participle stem of comparare (see comparison). Originally grammatical; general sense is from c.1600; meaning "involving different branches of a subject" is from 1670s. Related: Comparatively.