comparative

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French comparatif, from Latin comparativus, equivalent to comparatus, from comparare (to compare) + -ive, from Latin -ivus.

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Adjective[edit]

comparative (comparative more comparative, superlative most comparative)

  1. Of or relating to comparison.
    • Granvill
      The comparative faculty.
  2. Using comparison as a method of study, or founded on something using it.
    comparative anatomy
  3. Approximated by comparison; relative.
    • Whewell
      The recurrence of comparative warmth and cold.
    • Bentley
      The bubble, by reason of its comparative levity to the fluid that encloses it, would necessarily ascend to the top.
  4. (obsolete) Comparable; bearing comparison.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, II.137:
      And need he had of slumber yet, for none / Had suffered more—his hardships were comparative / To those related in my grand-dad's Narrative.

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Noun[edit]

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comparative (plural comparatives)

  1. (grammar) A construction showing a relative quality, in English usually formed by adding more or appending -er. For example, the comparative of green is greener; of evil, more evil.
  2. (grammar) A word in the comparative form.
  3. (obsolete) An equal; a rival; a compeer.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      Gerard ever was / His full comparative.
  4. (obsolete) One who makes comparisons; one who affects wit.

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References[edit]

  • comparative” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • comparative” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "comparative" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.

French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

comparative f

  1. feminine form of comparatif

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

comparative

  1. feminine plural of comparativo

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

comparātīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of comparātīvus