[kuh m-pet-i-tiv]


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 formscom·pet·i·tive·ly, adverbcom·pet·i·tive·ness, nounan·ti·com·pet·i·tive, adjectivean·ti·com·pet·i·tive·ly, adverban·ti·com·pet·i·tive·ness, nounnon·com·pet·i·tive, adjectivenon·com·pet·i·tive·ly, adverbnon·com·pet·i·tive·ness, nouno·ver·com·pet·i·tive, adjectiveo·ver·com·pet·i·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·com·pet·i·tive·ness, nounpseu·do·com·pet·i·tive, adjectivepseu·do·com·pet·i·tive·ly, adverbqua·si-com·pet·i·tive, adjectivequa·si-com·pet·i·tive·ly, adverbsu·per·com·pet·i·tive, adjectiveun·com·pet·i·tive, adjectiveun·com·pet·i·tive·ly, adverbun·com·pet·i·tive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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involving or determined by rivalrycompetitive sports
sufficiently low in price or high in quality to be successful against commercial rivals
relating to or characterized by an urge to competea competitive personality
Derived Formscompetitively, adverbcompetitiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for competitive

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

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