[kuh m-pet-i-tiv]
  1. of, pertaining to, involving, or decided by competition: competitive sports; a competitive examination.
  2. well suited for competition; having a feature that makes for successful competition: a competitive price.
  3. having a strong desire to compete or to succeed.
  4. 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. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of competitively

Historical Examples of competitively

  • First cultivate all your personal powers, not competitively, but patiently and usefully.

  • That men should competitively angle shows, indeed, a great want of true angling sentiment.

    Angling Sketches

    Andrew Lang

  • Cheese-hunting is one of the greatest—and least competitively crowded—of sports.

    The Complete Book of Cheese

    Robert Carlton Brown

British Dictionary definitions for competitively


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



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

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