Meaning of COMPARATIVE in English

/ kəmˈpærətɪv; NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective


connected with studying things to find out how similar or different they are :

a comparative study of the educational systems of two countries

comparative linguistics


measured or judged by how similar or different it is to sth else

SYN relative :

Then he was living in comparative comfort (= compared with others or with his own life at a previous time) .

The company is a comparative newcomer to the software market (= other companies have been in business much longer) .


( grammar ) relating to adjectives or adverbs that express more in amount, degree or quality, for example better, worse, slower and more difficult

—compare superlative

■ noun

( grammar ) the form of an adjective or adverb that expresses more in amount, degree or quality :

'Better' is the comparative of 'good' and 'more difficult' is the comparative of 'difficult'.

—compare superlative



late Middle English (in sense 3): from Latin comparativus , from comparare to pair, match, from compar like, equal, from com- with + par equal.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.