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com·par·a·tive

comparative

 
 
pronunciation:
km pae r tihv
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or involving comparison.
He took a class in comparative literature to learn about stories from many cultures.
definition 2: measured or estimated by comparison; relative.
I've played the piano for four years, but next to a professional, I'm a comparative beginner.
synonyms:
relative
definition 3: of or describing the form of adjectives and adverbs that indicate that one is talking about a greater degree of some quality.
"Newer" and "more patiently" are the comparative forms of "new" and "patiently."
 
part of speech: noun
definition: the comparative degree, or a form or word of this degree. (Cf. positive, superlative.)
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derivation: comparatively (adv.)
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