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COMPARATIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does comparative mean? 

COMPARATIVE (noun)
  The noun COMPARATIVE has 1 sense:

1. the comparative form of an adjective

  Familiarity information: COMPARATIVE used as a noun is very rare.


COMPARATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective COMPARATIVE has 2 senses:

1. relating to or based on or involving comparison
2. having significance only in relation to something else

  Familiarity information: COMPARATIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPARATIVE (noun)


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Meaning:

The comparative form of an adjective

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

'better' is the comparative of 'good'

Hypernyms ("comparative" is a kind of...):

adjective (a word that expresses an attribute of something)

Domain member usage:

closer; nearer; nigher ((comparative of 'near' or 'close') within a shorter distance)

worse ((comparative of 'ill') in a less effective or successful or desirable manner)

fewer ((comparative of 'few' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning a smaller number of)

more ((comparative of 'many' used with count nouns) quantifier meaning greater in number)

less ((comparative of 'little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree)

more; more than ((comparative of 'much' used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning greater in size or amount or extent or degree)

earlier; earliest ((comparative and superlative of 'early') more early than; most early)

farthermost; farthest; furthermost; furthest; utmost; uttermost ((comparatives of 'far') most remote in space or time or order)

better ((comparative of 'good') changed for the better in health or fitness)

worse ((comparative of 'bad') inferior to another in quality or condition or desirability)

finer ((comparative of 'fine') greater in quality or excellence)

better ((comparative of 'good') superior to another (of the same class or set or kind) in excellence or quality or desirability or suitability; more highly skilled than another)

best; better ((comparative and superlative of 'well') wiser or more advantageous and hence advisable)


COMPARATIVE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Relating to or based on or involving comparison

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

comparative linguistics

Pertainym:

comparison (relation based on similarities and differences)


Sense 2comparative [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having significance only in relation to something else

Context example:

a comparative newcomer

Similar:

relative (not absolute or complete)


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