Origin of comparative
Examples from the Web for comparative
A third way to counter the negative stereotypes is to provide a bit of comparative historical context.Why the US-Africa Summit Was Important and Why It Wasn't Enough|John Prendergast|August 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As a comparative study, it highlights the distinctively brutal features of American slavery.
Under the old system, only a comparative handful of members had any power.Memo: The Aaron Sorkin Model of Political Discourse Doesn't Actually Work|Megan McArdle|April 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As a comparative anatomist, MacLean viewed animal behaviors as evolutionary adaptations of the brain.
But we can move earlier to comparative effectiveness review—this is public money, after all, and it should be spent rationally.
That they should leave her to drown, while they themselves fled to comparative safety in a boat, was more than he could believe.The Stolen Singer|Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
He longed to let Armand know that the woman he loved was in comparative safety.El Dorado|Baroness Orczy
Long ago in comparative youth she had disappeared for a half-dozen years.An Isle in the Water|Katharine Tynan
In the face of Jack's misfortune and all that he was giving up, her part of the sacrifice sank into comparative insignificance.The Little Colonel's Chum: Mary Ware|Annie Fellows Johnston
Many of the cottages are new, others are whitewashed into comparative cheerfulness.Our Journey to the Hebrides|Joseph Pennell and Elizabeth Robins Pennell
British Dictionary definitions for comparative
Word Origin and History for comparative
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.
Culture definitions for comparative
A form of an adjective indicating a greater degree of the quality that the adjective describes. Better is the comparative form of good; faster is the comparative form of fast; bluer is the comparative form of blue; more charming is the comparative form of charming. (Compare superlative.)