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"comparative" in British English

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comparativenoun [C]

uk   /kəmˈpær.ə.tɪv/  us   /kəmˈper.ə.t̬ɪv/ specialized
A2 the ​form of an ​adjective or ​adverb that ​expresses a ​difference in ​amount, ​number, ​degree, or ​quality: "Fatter" is the comparative of "​fat". "More ​difficult" is the comparative of "​difficult".

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comparativeadjective

uk   /kəmˈpær.ə.tɪv/  us   /kəmˈper.ə.t̬ɪv/
  • comparative adjective (EXAMINING DIFFERENCES)

C1 comparing different things: She's ​carrying out a comparative ​study of ​health in ​innercities and ​ruralareas.
comparative comfort/freedom/silence, etc.
C2 a ​situation that is ​comfortable, ​free, ​silent, etc. when ​compared to another ​situation or what is ​normal: I ​enjoyed the comparative ​calm of his ​flat after the ​busyoffice.
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(Definition of comparative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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comparativenoun [C]

 us   /kəmˈpær·ət̬·ɪv/
  • comparative noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

grammar the ​form of an ​adjective or ​adverb that ​shows the thing or ​actiondescribed has more of the ​quality than some ​others of the same ​type: “Faster” is the comparative of “​fast.” “Better” is the comparative of “good.”

comparativeadjective [not gradable]

 us   /kəmˈpær·ət̬·ɪv/
considering the ​differences between one thing and another: The ​researchexamined the comparative ​effectiveness of the two ​medicaltreatments.
comparatively
adverb  us   /kəmˈpær·ət̬·ɪv·li/
The ​job was comparatively well ​paid, as ​factoryjobs go.
(Definition of comparative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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