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[kuh m-pet-i-tiv] /kəmˈpɛt ɪ tɪv/
of, pertaining to, involving, or decided by competition:
competitive sports; a competitive examination.
well suited for competition; having a feature that makes for successful competition:
a competitive price.
having a strong desire to compete or to succeed.
useful to a competitor; giving a competitor an advantage:
He was careful not to divulge competitive information about his invention.
Origin of competitive
1820-30; < Latin competīt(us) (past participle of competere; see competition) + -ive
Related forms
competitively, adverb
competitiveness, noun
anticompetitive, adjective
anticompetitively, adverb
anticompetitiveness, noun
noncompetitive, adjective
noncompetitively, adverb
noncompetitiveness, noun
overcompetitive, adjective
overcompetitively, adverb
overcompetitiveness, noun
pseudocompetitive, adjective
pseudocompetitively, adverb
quasi-competitive, adjective
quasi-competitively, adverb
supercompetitive, adjective
uncompetitive, adjective
uncompetitively, adverb
uncompetitiveness, noun Unabridged
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  • Efficiency, productivity and competitiveness are the buzzwords of this phase.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Some base streak of competitiveness in Mr. Britling's nature made it seem impossible that he should relinquish the lady to Oliver.

  • What motivates them are arguments of competitiveness, not national identity, political philosophy, or family pride.

  • A devalued Rouble will enhance the competitiveness of the Russian industrial and commodity production sectors.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Tax policy, regulatory practices, and government programs all need constant reevaluation in terms of our competitiveness.

British Dictionary definitions for competitiveness


involving or determined by rivalry: competitive sports
sufficiently low in price or high in quality to be successful against commercial rivals
relating to or characterized by an urge to compete: a competitive personality
Derived Forms
competitively, adverb
competitiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for competitiveness



1826, from Latin competit-, past participle stem of competere (see compete) + -ive. Related: Competitively; competitiveness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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