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English Dictionary: comparative by the DICT Development Group
3 results for comparative
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. relating to or based on or involving comparison; "comparative linguistics"
  2. estimated by comparison; not absolute or complete; "a relative stranger"
    Synonym(s): relative, comparative
    Antonym(s): absolute
  1. the comparative form of an adjective or adverb; "`faster' is the comparative of the adjective `fast'"; "`less famous' is the comparative degree of the adjective `famous'"; "`more surely' is the comparative of the adverb `surely'"
    Synonym(s): comparative, comparative degree
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Comparative \Com*par"a*tive\, n. (Gram.)
      The comparative degree of adjectives and adverbs; also, the
      form by which the comparative degree is expressed; as,
      stronger, wiser, weaker, more stormy, less windy, are all
               In comparatives is expressed a relation of two; as in
               superlatives there is a relation of many. --Angus.
      2. An equal; a rival; a compeer. [Obs.]
                     Gerard ever was His full comparative. --Beau. & Fl.
      3. One who makes comparisons; one who affects wit. [Obs.]
            [bd]Every beardless vain comparative.[b8] --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Comparative \Com*par"a*tive\, a. [L. comparativus: cf. F.
      1. Of or pertaining to comparison. [bd]The comparative
            faculty.[b8] --Glanvill.
      2. Proceeding from, or by the method of, comparison; as, the
            comparative sciences; the comparative anatomy.
      3. Estimated by comparison; relative; not positive or
            absolute, as compared with another thing or state.
                     The recurrence of comparative warmth and cold.
                     The bubble, by reason of its comparative levity to
                     the fluid that incloses it, would necessarily ascend
                     to the top.                                       --Bentley.
      4. (Gram.) Expressing a degree greater or less than the
            positive degree of the quality denoted by an adjective or
            adverb. The comparative degree is formed from the positive
            by the use of -er, more, or less; as, brighter, more
            bright, or less bright.
      {Comparative sciences}, those which are based on a
            comprehensive comparison of the range of objects or facts
            in any branch or department, and which aim to study out
            and treat of the fundamental laws or systems of relation
            pervading them; as, {comparative anatomy}, {comparative
            physiology}, {comparative philology}.
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