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- 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;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
< Latin competīt(us
) (past participle of competere;
) + -ive
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for quasi-competitive
Derived Formscompetitively, adverbcompetitiveness, noun
- 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
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Word Origin and History for quasi-competitive
1826, from Latin competit-, past participle stem of competere (see compete) + -ive. Related: Competitively; competitiveness.
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