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English definition of “comparative”


adjective [not gradable] (EXAMINING DIFFERENCES)   /kəmˈpær·ət̬·ɪv/
considering the differences between one thing and another: The research examined the comparative effectiveness of the two medical treatments.
(Definition of comparative adjective (EXAMINING DIFFERENCES) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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