- 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
Related Words for comparativeprovisional, like, equivalent, relative, correlative, approaching, parallel, contingent, analogous, comparable, conditional, connected, corresponding, matching, metaphorical, near, qualified, related, restricted, similar
Examples from the Web for comparative
Contemporary Examples of 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
August 9, 2014
As a comparative study, it highlights the distinctively brutal features of American slavery.Daniel Goldhagen’s Book Bag: Five on Prejudice
Daniel Jonah Goldhagen
September 10, 2013
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
April 23, 2013
As a comparative anatomist, MacLean viewed animal behaviors as evolutionary adaptations of the brain.Why Do We Cry?
January 10, 2013
But we can move earlier to comparative effectiveness review—this is public money, after all, and it should be spent rationally.Cut Medicare More, Food Stamps Less
March 20, 2012
Historical Examples of comparative
Garson contrived to present an aspect of comparative indifference.Within the Law
The night duty had been a time of comparative peace to Carlotta.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
They shouted at each other in the jingle with comparative cheerfulness.The Secret Agent
To do this it will be necessary to refer to comparative ethnography.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
The comparative coolness of these rocks had served to revive him somewhat.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
- 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 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.